Feeling overwhelmed?

We help you navigate your parental leave with confidence.

Parental leave can feel overwhelming. In fact, it is the single largest off-ramping point for parents from the corporate world. Too many incredible employees are leaving the workforce because employers are not prepared to support them during their transition to parental leave and return to work. 

The amount of unknowns can be so overwhelming:

  • How does EI work?
  • Am I guaranteed to get my job back?
  • Can I be fired while on leave?
  • What are my rights when returning to work?
  • Are my responsibilities going to be the same?
  • What if I need to pump while at work?
  • What if my kid gets sick?
  • Now that I’ve had a baby, are they going to offer me that promotion?
  • Will my boss think I am less capable now that I have a kid?
  • Can I even handle the same workload I did before I had a baby?
  • What will people think if I can’t keep up?
  • Will this transition ever get easier?
  • What choices do I have??  Do I even have any at all?

The hard truth is that, oftentimes, your employer doesn’t even know the answers or may not have the time or space to figure it out.

But we do.

We want to give you the confidence and knowledge you need so you can protect yourself when taking parental leave.

You don’t have to settle for less. We help you protect your paycheck, your title, and your time.

Who are we?

We are a team of women who have been EXACTLY where you are now.

Not only do we have lived experience, we have built our businesses around supporting people in this transition.

Help us keep this resource free

To keep this course free, please consider supporting us with a small donation to cover our costs for course administration, updates and outreach so we can get this resource to parents across Canada.

Every little bit helps - donate here.

We bridge the gap between employees and companies to make the transition seamless between parental leave and return to work.

We give you the knowledge you need. And knowledge is power.

  • You CAN go on parental leave with the certainty that you have the tools to succeed when you go back.

  • You CAN head back to work with a balance between your personal life and work life. No being torn up over which to choose; your work or your baby.

  • You CAN be educated about your rights in the workplace and self-advocate confidently.

  • You DO have choices. You have more power than you think.

Look, in an ideal world, we wouldn’t need this course to exist. But we aren’t there yet, because no one teaches us these things. Employers are wildly uneducated on parental leave legislation. It’s just not their wheelhouse.

Luckily it is our exact wheelhouse. 

Let us give you the knowledge you need about your rights so you can advocate for yourself in the workplace.

The truth is, we’ve been working on this for years. This is the program we needed and now we want to take everything we have learned, everything we have advocated for, everything we’ve got, and give it to you.

We are stronger together. And together we can change the working world.

To keep this free please consider supporting us with a small donation to cover our costs for course administration, updates and outreach so we can get this resource to parents across Canada.

Every little bit helps - donate here.


Join the thousands of working parents that Moms at Work has helped.

Here's what included

We guide you through 4 distinct phases of parental leave:
before taking your leave, time during your leave, returning to work
& special cases like IVF and adoption.

  • Extensive Resources

    We have collected the best resources for getting you up to speed on parental leave legislation and rights. In addition to content written by our experts and advisors, you'll find checklists, book and podcast lists and links to important government websites.

  • Videos

    Our videos teach you everything you need to know about your rights while pregnant and while on parental leave. We tackle when you should tell your employer, how to pick a return date, job loss while pregnant and more.

  • Free access for 3 months

    We want to remove all barriers to accessing this information since we have seen first hand how it gives parents the confidence and support they need during this time of transition.

Course curriculum

    1. Course introduction

    2. Meet your instructor

    3. Course overview

    4. Disclaimer

    5. Before we begin (survey)

    1. Introduction to Parental Benefits

    2. Maternity vs Parental Leave benefits

    3. Do I qualify for Parental Benefits?

    4. Self employed options

    1. Calculating your benefit amount

    2. How to apply for EI maternity and parental leave benefits

    3. Employer top up

    4. Claw back

    5. Financial planning for new parents

    6. Financial planning checklist

    7. 12 months vs. 18 months

    1. Planning your announcement

    2. When should I tell my boss?

    3. What if I need to go on leave early?

    4. How to tell your boss?

    5. Navigating cultural differences at work

    1. Introduction

    2. Pregnancy Rights

    3. Accommodations for physical limitations

    4. Resources

    1. Staying in touch while on leave

    2. Benefits and how they work

    3. Promotions, job opportunities and raises

    4. Taxes, bonuses and other considerations

    5. Vacation accumulation

    6. Changing the duration of your leave

    7. Can I be laid off or terminated during my leave?

    8. Working while on leave

    9. Resources during your leave

About this course

  • Free
  • 68 lessons
  • 3 months access
  • Downloadable resources & checklists
  • Covers everything you need to know before and during your leave PLUS return to work


  • Ok. But how much can I really be in charge of my parental leave?

    Quite a bit. There is so much legislation that regulates what is and isn’t allowed. And we are working VERY hard to create even more legislation around parental leave. That’s why we are the best at what we do. We are at the forefront of policy change.

  • Is this course geared more towards women?

    The truth is, the majority of parental leaves are taken by women. And women are disproportionately affected by biases in the workplace. BUT, things are shifting. More and more men are taking parental leave either as a primary caregiver or in tandem with their partner. All parents need to be aware of their rights in the workplace before, during, and after their parental leave.

  • Everything changes so quickly! How will I know I am getting the most up-to-date information on parental leave rights?

    We are constantly updating the content as legislation changes. You will always have the most up-to-date information as it comes in.

  • This course is so needed! How can I help?

    To keep My Parental Leave free, please consider supporting us with a small donation to cover our costs for course administration, updates and outreach so we can get this resource to parents across Canada. Every little bit helps - donate here: https://donorbox.org/help-us-help-mothers-know-their-rights-at-work-1

  • What if I need more support. Do you offer one-on-one coaching?

    We understand that everyone's situation is different and that some people may benefit from extra support. Moms at Work has a team of coaches specializing in career change (something many people consider after becoming parents) and return-to-work. We also have a parenting coach we can refer you to if you're looking for support with sleep, daycare transitions or other parenting challenges. If you are interested in growing your professional network and gaining the wisdom and support from a community of women who get the realities of working parenthood, we encourage you to join The Collective, our private off-of-social media membership platform. For more details about our coaching services and The Collective visit: https://thisismomsatwork.com/