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What paid and unpaid leave is available and when does it start

Parental leave includes the following types of unpaid leave (some of which can be shared with your spouse/partner if they are also eligible).

Some employment agreements include parental leave provisions. You may have a choice of parental leave provisions if your employment agreement has provisions that are as favourable as, or more favourable than, those provided by law. Your employment agreement cannot change your eligibility for the government’s parental leave payments, and you can receive additional payments through your employment agreement.

You can take parental leave multiple times, as long as six months elapse between the date you returned to work and the expected date of birth of the subsequent child. You must also meet the eligibility requirements each time.