Teachers working in the public sector may be eligible to receive government-paid maternity, paternity, or adoption benefits. In addition to the government plans, teachers have additional rights as stipulated in the collective agreement. My Parental Rights and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) booklet will provide you with an overview of how the government plans and the collective agreement are linked when covering maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.
For more information on the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, visit its website: http://www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have any parental rights if I am not a tenured teacher?
A: Yes. As long as you have a contract, essentially, you have the same rights as a regular teacher. Contact your local union for additional information on your rights.
Q: Is it true that I have to come back to work as soon my QPIP benefits end?
A: No. You have five options to choose from and can stay home on a leave-of-absence without pay to extend your maternity/paternity/adoption leave for up to three school years. Contact your local union for more details.
Q: Must I use my bank of sick days for medical appointments related to my pregnancy?
A: No. You have four full days (or eight half-days) for medical appointments relating to your pregnancy.