EI successfully claimed by both parents for twins

by DaniGirl on September 18, 2009 · 3 comments

in Canadianisms, Sideblog, Working and mothering

From CBC Ottawa, news that an Ottawa couple successfully argued that both parents are entitled employment insurance (EI) parental benefits for their twins. Each parent claims the benefits for one child. The decision applies only to this couple, but sets an amazing precedent. Way cool!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber September 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

It looks like they’re actually only entitled to each receive the full 35-week parental leave entitlement. Still, a huge plus, and an amazing precedent. I am sure that other parents of multiples are taking note. 🙂

There are actually many countries that provide longer benefits to parents of multiples. For example, Sweden and Norway both do. I am glad to see that Canada is making progress, too.

2 Gliding through motherhood September 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm

These guys were in my prenatal class and I think it’s fabulous – in fact I just can’t understand why so many people think it’s somehow unfair! Good for them – I think it’s only fair. 2 babies, 2 leaves. I can even see how it make sense that it’s the parental leave that’s doubled for 2 kids and not the maternity.

3 DaniGirl September 20, 2009 at 6:24 am

You’re right, Amber, I was a little too quick when I posted. I’ve edited to be more precise!

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