Question #14 - Government Benefit Plans

Which of the following is incorrect regarding EI Maternity and EI Parental Benefits?

  1. EI Maternity Benefits are available for a period of no more than 15 weeks
  2. Regular EI Parental Benefits are available for a period of no more than 35 weeks (between both parents)
  3. Extended EI Parental Benefits are available for a period of no more than 61 weeks (between both parents)
  4. All of the above are correct
Solution: The EI Maternity Benefit and EI Parental Benefits are separate benefits. Maternal benefits are available for a maximum of 15 weeks and can be paid between 12 weeks prior to the expected due date and up to 17 weeks after the baby is born. These are available to the birth mother only. Parental Benefits are available to either/or both parents. Regular Parental Benefits are payable for a period up to 35 weeks (in total between both parents). Extended Parental Benefits are available to either/both parents for a period up to 61 weeks (in total between both parents). The correct answer is d.