Benefits & Services

Parental Leave Program

Offers two categories of parental leave benefits to eligible Doctors Nova Scotia members

Earned income

The Parental Leave Program offers two categories of benefits to eligible Doctors Nova Scotia members.

Earned income must be $1,000 or less per month while claiming parental leave benefits.

Parental leave benefits

Parental leave benefits are available to physicians who want to spend time with their newborn babies or newly adopted child.

Category one

Benefits paid will be up to a maximum of $1,000 per week for 17 consecutive weeks. The amount is based on 50 per cent of income earned in the 12 months immediately preceding the leave.

Applicants in this category must:

  • reside in Nova Scotia
  • have two consecutive years as a full dues-paying member immediately preceding the leave, or one year as a resident with Dalhousie University, followed by one year as a full dues-paying member immediately preceding the leave

Category two

Benefits paid will be up to a maximum of $500 per week for 17 weeks. The amount of benefits is based on 50 per cent of income earned in the six to 12 months immediately preceding the leave.

  • Applicants in this category must:
  • reside in Nova Scotia
  • be full dues-paying members for a minimum of six months up to 24 months immediately preceding the leave. (Time spent as a resident with Dalhousie University doesn’t count toward eligibility for this option.)
  • Continue to pay full dues to Doctors Nova Scotia while on leave

Taxable benefit

The Parental Leave Program is a taxable benefit under the guidelines set out by the Canada Revenue Agency. Visit the tax forms section for more information.


Contact:

Colleen Sears
Payroll & finance administrator
902-481-4929
1-800-563-3427
Fax: (902) 468-7770