Editorial: Ottawa should do better on improving parental leave

A new 18-month parental leave benefit will help too few with too little. Canada should follow the lead of Quebec and European countries when it comes to enriching parental leave programs.

The federal government has taken a baby step toward make Canada’s parental leave program more flexible. This is as good as far as it goes. But, sadly, it doesn’t go very far.
On Thursday it announced it is changing the rules on parental leave to allow parents to receive up to 18 months of Employment Insurance benefits after the birth of a child.