Parental Leave Program

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.

Who is eligible for the program

The Parental Leave Program (PLP) covers leaves taken as a result of:

  • Pregnancy of an eligible physician or the physician’s spouse.
  • An adoption of a child.
  • A surrogacy arrangement.

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:

  • The prior calendar year to the commencement of the leave, or
  • In the 12 months prior to your child's birth date 

You are not eligible if you:

  • Are a salaried physician (benefit should be received directly from employer as per the Provincial Salary Agreement).
  • Are receiving a parental benefit from another program.
How the benefit is calculated

The benefit is calculated on the greater of 50% of your:

  • Average weekly eligible income during the calendar year prior to the start of the leave, or
  • Eligible income in the 12 months prior to your child's birth date

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.

How the benefit is paid/Making a declaration

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:

  • 0 hours = Full - you will be paid 100% of the benefit for weeks in which you do not bill eligible fee for service, sessional or service contract income. 
  • < 15 hours = Partial - You will be paid 50% of the benefit for any week(s) in which you bill fewer than 15 hours. 
  • >15 Hours = Not Eligible - You will not be paid the benefit for any week(s) in which you bill 15 hours or more. 
  • Benefits are payable Bi-Weekly via direct deposit.
  • A declaration must be made online at My Account: Make your declaration here
Important deadlines
  • To receive the PLP benefit, you must apply no later than 12 weeks after the child's date of birth or placement.
  • Claims must be completed no later than 52 weeks following the start date of your leave.
Include the PLP benefit on your income tax

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.

 

For applications and more information

If you would like to claim benefits under the Parental Leave Program, please email benefits@doctorsofbc.ca 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.