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

This booklet is a joint initiative of Alberta Labour and the Alberta Human Rights Commission. 

PDF of Becoming a parent in Alberta

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 the most recent information about employment standards related to maternity and parental leave on the Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour website at

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

Revised: June 25, 2015



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