Gender equality is not only the right thing to do for Canadians, it is also the smart thing to do for the economy.
That is why in Budget 2018, our government is putting equality at the heart of decision-making, working to help support women and girls, reduce the gender wage gap, and increase the participation of women in the labour force—which helps boost economic growth for all Canadians.
For many Canadians, being a parent and raising a family is the most important part of their lives.
Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits offer vital income support to parents during the critical period in early childhood when they need to take time off work to care for their children.
Through Budget 2018, our government is proposing a new EI Parental Sharing Benefit to support equality in the home and workplace by providing up to five additional weeks of benefits when both parents agree to share parental leave.
This “use-it-or-lose-it” incentive encourages a second parent in two-parent families to share the work of raising their children more equally, which will allow greater flexibility for new moms who want to return to work sooner.
The new EI Parental Sharing Benefit will help families by:
- providing greater flexibility—particularly for mothers—to return to work sooner, if they so choose, knowing their family has the support they need;
- supporting all two-parent families, including adoptive and same-sex couples;
- allowing parents to share more family and home responsibilities;
- leading to fairer, less discriminatory hiring practices for women because men and women have the option to stay at home with their children.
With equality of opportunity as a guiding principle, Budget 2018 takes the next steps in our government’s plan to create good, well-paying jobs, improve lives and grow the economy for all Canadians.
Minister of the Treasury Board, the Hon. Scott Brison, meets with children at Chances Family Centre in Charlottetown, PEI