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If your pregnancy ends before week 20, you could receive sickness benefits. If your pregnancy ends in week 20 or later, you could receive maternity benefits. Unfortunately, the Parental benefits are not available in this situation.

You should know that if you have lost your child after birth, you may still be entitled to up to 15 weeks of maternity benefits. However, parental benefits are not available. If the loss occurs while parental benefits are being paid, parents are no longer eligible as of the week following the loss. You may be eligible for other benefits. Please inform EI call centre as soon as the situation changed and they can update your file and make any necessary adjustments.

Please visit for further detail on other special circumstances that maternity claimant may faced.