The Doctors of BC Parental Leave Program pays up to $1,000 per week for 17 weeks when you have a child, either by birth, adoption, or surrogacy. If both you and your partner are physicians, both of you can claim a benefit and take your leaves either together or consecutively. Leave(s) can start up to 12 weeks before the expected birth or placement date of your child and must begin no later than 17 weeks after the birth or placement date.
The Parental Leave Program (PLP) covers leaves taken as a result of:
You must have been paid on a fee-for-service basis or sessional basis (or both) by MSP or through a non-salaried service contract in:
You are not eligible if you:
The benefit is calculated on the greater of 50% of your:
The maximum benefit is $1,000 per week for 17 weeks. The 17 weeks do not have to be taken consecutively. You have 52 weeks from the start date of your leave to claim as many of the 17 eligible weeks as possible.
Benefits must be greater than $25 per week to be payable.
Before a benefit payment will be made, you need to make an online declaration stating the number of hours of eligible income you worked in the week:
A T4A will be issued for the PLP benefit. This amount must be included in your personal income. A T4A will not be issued for PLP benefits paid to a corporation.
If you would like to claim benefits under the Parental Leave Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application package. Please include your baby's due date in the email. You can also call 604 638 2969 for more information.