Make EI Maternity Benefits Tax-Free

Only Conservatives can be trusted to make life easier and more affordable for you and for your family. Making maternity benefits tax-free will put $4,000 back in your pocket so you can focus on your newborn and not worry too much about your bottom line or bank balance.

Today, Canadian families are under pressure and worried about their future. They have less money in their pockets at the end of the month. Nearly half of Canadian families are less than $200 away from insolvency at the end of each month. Many new parents are surprised by how quickly the costs add up – diapers, toys, bottles, new clothes every three months – and many families spend over $10,000 or more on their babies’ first 12 months. Families are looking for help. But Trudeau has proven he can’t be trusted to deliver it.

If re-elected and given four more years, his endless deficits will force him to raise taxes even higher and his carbon tax will go up, making gasoline, groceries and home heating even more expensive.

Life will become even more unaffordable if Trudeau is re-elected.


Andrew Scheer has a plan for you to get ahead.

  • To put more money in the pockets of new families, as Prime Minister, Andrew Scheer will make maternity benefits tax-free.
  • A new Conservative government would remove federal income tax from EI maternity and EI parental benefits by providing a tax credit of 15 per cent for any income earned under these two programs.
  • The benefit to a Canadian whose regular salary is $50,000 would be about $4,000.
  • A Conservative government will provide a tax credit of an equivalent amount for residents of Quebec who receive benefits under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP).
  • As well, Scheer will include a carry-forward provision to ensure that all parents are treated equally regardless of the timing of their leave or their child’s birth. This will allow parents to carry forward any unused portion of their tax credit to use against their taxes in a future year.