You should apply for a leave of absence from your department in writing, notifying them of the dates you expect to leave and return to work. Your department will then notify Financial Services that you are going on leave.
You are entitled to up to 17 weeks of maternity leave and up to 35 weeks of parental leave (up to 52 weeks in total). If you are also taking parental leave after your maternity leave, you should apply for this leave at the same time.
The exception is for CUPE 2950 and CUPE 2278. CUPE 2950 birth mothers are eligible for up to 18 weeks of maternity leave and up to 35 weeks of parental leave (up to 53 weeks in total) and CUPE 2278 birth mothers are eligible for up to 18 weeks of maternity leave and up to 37 weeks of parental leave (up to 55 weeks in total).
Maternity and parental leave is unpaid.
To coincide with EI weeks and avoid any possible loss of EI benefits:
- Staff: you should begin either type of leave on a Monday and end it on a Friday (return from the leave on a Monday).
- Faculty: you should begin either type of leave on a Sunday and end it on a Saturday (return from the leave on a Sunday).
Accumulated vacation days can be used in conjunction with your maternity leave, but not during the period when you are receiving maternity benefits. That is, you can take accumulated vacation either before or after your leave period.
Employment Insurance (EI)
You should apply for Employment Insurance (EI) Maternity/Parental Benefits from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as soon as you know the dates of your leave.
A Record of Employment (ROE) is required for your EI application. Your Payroll Representative will send your ROE electronically to Service Canada following your last paycheque prior to the start date of your maternity, parental or adoption leave. You do not need to request a ROE from UBC.
If you would like to speak with someone at UBC regarding your ROE:
UBC Vancouver Staff Payroll Representatives:
UBC Vancouver Faculty Representatives:
UBC Okanagan Staff and Faculty Payroll Representatives:
Applying for Employment Insurance (EI)
Details on applying for Employment Insurance Maternity/Parental Benefits can be found on the Service Canada website.
For More Information
For more information, please refer to the step-by-step guide on Preparing for a Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave.