Based on data collected from parents of 10,810 children in 2010
and 2011, Statistics Canada's study reveals that 90% of
Canadian children outside Quebec had working mothers who took some
type of leave following the birth of their child. On average, the
leave lasted 44 weeks. Only 26% of these children had working
fathers who took leaves, with the average leave being 2.4
The situation differed quite dramatically in Quebec, with almost
99% of working mothers taking some form of leave; on average, the
leave lasted 48 weeks. Fathers took leave in 76% of cases in
83% of mothers outside Quebec took paid leave, and 21% reported
some unpaid leave. The average paid leave in such cases was 40
weeks, while the average unpaid leave was 4.5 weeks. In Quebec, 97%
of mothers took paid leave, with 21% reporting some unpaid
Not surprisingly, a number of factors, including socio-economic,
child and maternal health characteristics, and self-employment,
were associated with whether mothers and fathers took leave and the
length of the leaves.
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