Guide to Pregnancy and Parental Leave

Guide to Pregnancy and Parental Leave Updated March 2022

This booklet sets out a general guide to member rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act, the Employment Insurance Act and Collective Agreement entitlements. In the OCEOTA Collective Agreement only birth mothers in LTOs qualify for Supplemental Employment Benefits SEB.

This booklet is available in both  PDF and downloadable  Word   format.


Leaves are from work, which are protected, providing that the employer will hold your position until you return/or the LTO ends. So OCEOTA Members will have a place on the OT Roster and not be purged. Pregnancy/Parental Leaves from OCDSB can be shortened and extended but can only be initiated once per child. Documentation is required.

Benefits are payments, decided upon by the Federal Government (who qualifies/duration of/amount per week), and may have pregnancy “top-ups” provided by the OCDSB for 8 weeks or LTO ends (whichever is shorter).

Leaves and Benefits are independent of each other, and do not need to be the same duration. e.g. You could qualify to receive Federal Benefits for 63 weeks, and “top-up SEB” benefits (from OCDSB if in an LTO) for the first 8 weeks after birth, but your Leave from work could be 96 weeks long.