New parents would be able to earn up to $1,000 a month without compromising their maternity or parental leave benefits, according to the federal Conservatives.
During the final week of the federal election, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole made the announcement in Ottawa on Monday.
According to O’Toole, government maternity and parental benefits allow parents to collect up to 55% of their earnings – up to $595 per week – but many lower-income people can’t afford the lower compensation.
He says new parents would be able to supplement those employment insurance payments with extra earnings from remote or part-time work.
Parents would be able to earn up to $1,000 per month without it affecting their payments, after which each dollar earned would result in a 50-cent reduction in EI benefits.
O’Toole is also promising to expand the Canada Child Benefit to start at the seventh month of pregnancy instead of at childbirth.
Source_ The Canadian Press