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The Regulations on Maternity Leave, Parental Leave and Extended Parental Leave for Members of the Academic Staff are available from the Secretariat’s website.

Definitions

Maternity Leave (maximum 20 weeks)

Applies to the birth mother. Eligible staff members (as defined in the Regulations) are entitled to receive an indemnity from the University, in conjunction with governmental benefits payable through the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).

Parental Leave (5 days paid)

Applies to spouse of the birth mother and also in cases of adoption.

Extended Parental Leave (maximum 52 weeks)

Applies to either parent and include adoptions. Eligible staff members (as defined in the Regulations) are entitled to receive an indemnity from the University for the first 11 weeks, in conjunction with governmental benefits payable through the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).


McGill Procedures

The staff member must give written notice as soon as possible, preferably not later than 60 days prior to the term during which the leave will begin, to allow adequate planning for teaching replacements.

The notification path is as follows:

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Staff Member Chair(s) (or Dean(s) in faculties without departments), with a copy to the Dean and the Provost Written request for leave, including dates, accompanied by a doctor’s letter confirming the due date (or a letter confirming arrival date in the case of adoption) or copy of birth certificate (for extended leaves).
Note: Staff members appointed in more than one department shall submit the application form to all relevant Chairs and Deans.
Maternity & Parental Leave Checklist
Optional checklist for your personal use to assist you with the entire leave process
Chair(s) Dean(s) Staff member’s request is forwarded with Email indicating that leave request has been noted.  
Dean(s) Provost Staff member’s request is forwarded with Email indicating that leave request has been noted.  
Provost Staff Member Letter confirming leave  

QPIP Application Procedures

Eligible academic staff are entitled to receive an indemnity from the University, in conjunction with governmental benefits payable through the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).

The staff member must apply to QPIP no later than the week of the start date of the maternity/parental leave or the week the child is born. Staff members are advised to start their application earlier to avoid delays in QPIP approval and payments.

For more information about these benefits and how to apply, please consult the QPIP website at www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca/Index_en.asp or call local 4747.


Replacement Funding While an academic staff member is on maternity leave, replacement funds may be available. Requests are processed through Human Resources - Shared Services. Information can be obtained by contacting them by e-mail at: hr [dot] hr [at] mcgill [dot] ca ( HR Shared Services), or by phone at 514-398-4747.