Taking time off to have or parent a child

What are my rights?

Are workers entitled to take time off work to have a baby?
  • Yes
  • No

Under the main law protecting workers in BC, new parents are entitled to take time off work when they have a baby or adopt a child. Two kinds of leave are available: maternity leave for workers who give birth, and parental leave for any parent. Learn your rights around maternity and parental leave.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2020
  • Time to read: 11 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Mary Thibodeau, Moore Edgar Lyster LLP

Mary Thibodeau

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