Booklet: Becoming a Parent in Alberta: What you need to know about human rights, maternity and parental leave, and benefits

Becoming a parent in Alberta* answers frequently asked questions about:

  • human rights protection for pregnant workers 
  • entitlements, rights and responsibilities of working parents-to-be
  • leave that expectant mothers may take for health reasons during pregnancy and childbirth
  • the difference between maternity and parental leave and benefits
  • how to apply for maternity and parental leave and benefits

Available at no charge, this attractive 63-page booklet is a joint initiative of Alberta Employment and Immigration and the Alberta Human Rights Commission. 

PDF of Becoming a parent in Alberta

News release

You can order print copies of the booklet:

  1. You can order single or multiple copies of the booklet from Alberta Employment and Immigration. To order, call the Employment Standards telephone information centre at (780) 427-3731 in Edmonton. To call toll-free from Alberta locations outside Edmonton, dial 1-877-427-3731.
  2. If you want one booklet only, the Commission can also fill your order. Use our online order form or print a copy and mail or fax it to the Commission. The form will take a few seconds to load. On page three you will find a submit button to send your request by e-mail.

Note: The booklet addresses the rights and responsibilities of workers in provincially regulated businesses. Most businesses in Alberta are provincially regulated and fall under Alberta's Employment Standards Code and the Alberta Human Rights Act. Businesses and organizations that are federally regulated such as banks and Canada Post fall under the Canada Labour Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. This publication does not discuss employment standards or human rights protection for federally regulated businesses and organizations.

* Alberta's human rights legislation was amended on October 1, 2009. Becoming a parent in Alberta has not yet been revised to reflect the amendments. The amendments to the legislation affect the information in Becoming a parent in Alberta in these ways:

  • The legislation is now called the Alberta Human Rights Act (previously Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act).
  • The Commission is now called the Alberta Human Rights Commission (previously Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission).

You can read more about the amendments in these publications:

You can read the most recent information about employment standards related to maternity and parental leave on the Alberta Human Services website at

You can read the most recent information about Employment Insurance benefits on the Service Canada website at (English) or (French).

Revised: September 24, 2013


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