An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code (extension of benefit period for adoptive parents)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

Sponsor

Catherine Bell  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of Feb. 15, 2008
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code to ensure that an adoptive parent is entitled to the same number of weeks of leave as the biological mother of a new-born child.

Elsewhere

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Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

February 15th, 2008 / 12:15 p.m.
See context

NDP

Catherine Bell Vancouver Island North, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-509, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code (extension of benefit period for adoptive parents).

Mr. Speaker, I am introducing this bill today, an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Labour Code, to ensure that an adoptive parent is entitled to the same number of weeks of leave as a biological mother of a newborn child.

Adoptive parents require time to bond with their baby or their child. In cases of adoption of an older infant or a child, it is essential to build that relationship. By providing the extra 15 weeks to an adoptive parent, the bill would allow them the time they need at home with their new child.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)