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e-1563 (Adoption)

Initiated by Lindsey Salloway from Calgary, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Biological mothers are able to receive up to 15 weeks of Maternity benefits and an additional 35 weeks of Parental benefits, or up to 61 weeks of extended Parental benefits;
  • Adoptive parents are excluded from receiving maternity benefits and are only able to receive 35 weeks of Parental benefits, or 61 of Extended Parental Benefits;
  • The need to bond with a newborn or adopted child is the same for biological or adoptive parents; and
  • All parents in Canada should have equal time to spend with their newborn or adopted children.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to allow adoptive parents to be eligible for an equivalent amount of maternity benefits and leave to bond with their children.
Government response tabled on November 22, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-226-01)
Open for signature
May 2, 2018, at 2:50 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 30, 2018, at 2:50 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard)
October 17, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02755)
Government response tabled
November 22, 2018
Photo - Tom Kmiec
Calgary Shepard
Conservative Caucus
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