2015 Platform

More flexibility for parents

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We will make parental benefits more flexible.

Every family’s needs are different. Canadian parents deserve a parental benefits plan that is flexible and able to adjust to their unique family and work circumstances.

We will introduce more flexible parental benefits that will:

  • allow parents to receive benefits in smaller blocks of time over a period of up to 18 months; and
  • make it possible for parents to take a longer leave – up to 18 months when combined with maternity benefits – at a lower benefit level.

We will work with the provinces and territories to amend their labour codes, to reflect these new federal benefits.

This more flexible plan will benefit more Canadians, representing an investment of $125 million per year in the economic security of Canadian families.

Sam and Jason adopted twins and want to split the use of parental benefits so that they can each spend time with their children. Our plan will allow them to split a longer leave in a combination that works best for them.


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