Update: An Overview of Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic Canada

January 31, 2019

In June 2018, we published an article, Recent Changes Affect Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic Canada. That article included a chart which summarized the benefits in each province. Since that time, there have been changes, and we have updated the chart below to reflect the current information. Please see below for an updated overview of Parental and Maternity Leave in Atlantic Canada.

* While the individual combined maternity and parental leave entitlements are equal to 79 weeks, the maximum combined benefits have been legislatively capped at 78 weeks.

**Maternity leave is extended for 17 weeks from the date of birth for employees that are ineligible ­for parental leave.

*** Note, however, maternity leave cannot end until at least one week after birth.

**** Note that in Nova Scotia, a parent who did not take maternity leave may also take up to 77 weeks as parental leave.

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