Maternity and Parental Leave

Maternity and parental leave for Support Staff, Academic Staff, and Management and Professional Staff (MAPS).

Effective January 1, 2019, changes to the Employment Standards Code (ESC) will apply to all employees under the NASA collective agreement.The ESC will supersede the NASA collective agreement in areas where the agreement falls below the minimum employment standards. In all other circumstances, the existing collective agreement will prevail until a new agreement is negotiated. For a summary of the new changes and updates to the existing employment standards visit Employment Standards Act - Updates.


What to do when you are getting ready to take Child Birth or Parental Leave:

  • Review the applicable tip sheets
  • Initiate your application a minimum of 3 months in advance of your expected due date
Tip Sheets

The following tip sheets, organized by agreement, will provide information about how to initiate your leave and who to contact for more information. If you have additional questions about the leave process please contact your Department Human Resources Manager or Human Resources Partner for further details.

Operating Agreement

Maternity and Parental Leave Tip Sheet for Birth Mothers: Operating
Parental Leave Tip Sheet for Fathers and Adoptive Parents: Operating

Trust Agreement

Maternity and Parental Leave Tip Sheet for Birth Mothers: Trust
Parental Leave Tip Sheet for Fathers and Adoptive Parents: Trust

What to do when you are getting ready to take Maternity or Parental Leave:

  • Review your applicable Collective Agreement
  • Initiate your application for leave as soon as possible

Confirm your eligibility in the Management and Professional Staff (MAPS) Handbook. Note: Casual MAPS employees are not entitled to top-up benefits payments during maternity and parental leaves.

Maternity Leave

A pregnant MAPS employee is entitled to maternity leave of up to 16 weeks. To begin your application process, inform your manager or supervisor and document your notice by sending them an email as soon as possible.

To apply for maternity leave: 

  • apply for Employment Insurance (EI) maternity benefits on or about the last day of active work. 
  • provide the university with the government’s decision about your EI and the terms as soon as a decision has been reached to prove entitlement to top-up benefits.

When granted maternity leave with top-up benefits:

  • your MAPS benefits coverage continues.
  • you will receive top-up benefits payments in conjunction with your EI maternity benefits payments so that your total payments will be 95% of your regular weekly salary.

Note: If your EI is not approved, or you do not provide the EI decision to the university, you will not be eligible to receive top-up benefits.

If you are a pregnant Continuing or Temporary Employee and your physician certifies that you must be absent for more than 15 weeks due to medical reasons, any additional leave you take will be considered medical leave. If you are eligible for additional EI maternity benefits, the payments made in this extended period will continue until the expiration of the EI maternity benefits, and the period shall be considered medical leave and not maternity leave.

For more information regarding Maternity Leave and top-up benefits, consult Article 16 of the MAPS Handbook and the Childbirth Leave section of the MAPS Benefits Overview.

Parental Leave

Employees can be eligible for up to 37 weeks of parental leave, with top-up benefits payments for 10 weeks. If you are going to apply for parental leave, inform your manager or supervisor and document it by sending them an email as soon as possible.

Casual Employees:

  • are eligible for parental leave in accordance with the Employment Standards Code.
  • are not entitled to top-up benefits payments.

Continuing and Temporary Employees
You are eligible for parental leave with top-up benefits payments.

To apply for parental leave and meet the conditions, you must:

  • apply for Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits on or about the last day of active work.
  • provide the university with the government’s decision about your EI and the terms as soon as a decision has been reached to prove your entitlement to top-up benefits payments.

When granted parental leave with top-up benefits payments:

  • your MAPS benefits coverage continues.
  • you will receive top-up benefits payments in conjunction with your EI parental benefits payments so that your total payments will be 95% of your regular weekly salary for 10 weeks.

Returning to work
Whether or not you are able to keep your top-up payments is conditional on your return to the university.

If you are planning to return to your position at the university, give a written acknowledgement of this decision to the Dean or AVP of your unit at least four weeks prior to when you are scheduled to return. You will be required to work at the university for at least six months to retain your top-up payments.

If you have been receiving top-up benefits during your leave, but have decided that you are resigning from the university, you will need to give a written acknowledgement of this decision to the Dean or AVP of your unit at least four weeks prior to when you are scheduled to return. You will have to reimburse the university for all the top-up payments you received while on leave.

For more information regarding parental leave and top-up benefits, consult Article 16 of the MAPS Handbook and the Parental Leave section of the MAPS Benefits Overview.