I’m pregnant but not due for a while... / I’m in the process of adopting... My maternity/parental leave isn’t supposed to start for a while but I’ve lost paid work. What do I do?

If you lost paid work, have been laid off or have to be home due to illness or caregiving, you can get CERB if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Some expectant mothers who applied for CERB through Service Canada and reported truthfully that they are pregnant were told that they had to start their maternity claim early, instead of taking CERB. But, the federal government has confirmed that expectant parents can take CERB (for 1 month or more) if they qualify and then switch into EI maternity/parental benefits as they planned.

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