With an influx of female parliamentarians of childbearing age, refreshed attention is being placed on the lack of parental leave and 'largely inadequate' childcare services on Parliament Hill. Some MPs who are making history by starting families while in office say now's the time for change, both for them, and generations of women to come.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos says that changes to the Employment Insurance program, first announced as part of in the 2017 federal budget, will be coming into effect in less than a month.
Canadian moms and dads will soon be able to choose an extended 18-month parental leave thanks to billions of dollars earmarked for child care in the federal budget. But advocates say that not every family stands to benefit from the changes.
A new study says the Liberal government should rethink federal parental benefits and overhaul a system that leaves out too many families and women, while ditching the idea of dedicated time off for new dads.
The federal minister in charge of employment insurance says he wants to hear from Canadians before making any changes to benefits that could have far-reaching implications for new parents and those caring for an ailing loved one.
New research shows Canada's parental leave program leaves out two-fifths of mothers, many of them low-income, and points to a stark divide between families that are "parental-leave-rich" and "parental-leave-poor" -- just as the Liberals prepare to enhance the program.
A group of Canadian women has started a petition demanding to know when the federal Liberals are planning to follow through on their election campaign promise to increase parental leave in Canada from 12 months to 18 months.