Parental leave program

Parental leave program

Physicians wishing to spend time with their newborn babies or newly adopted children may apply for parental leave through the Doctors Nova Scotia (DNS) Parental Leave Program.

The program provides $1,500 per week for 17 consecutive weeks. Members will be eligible for this benefit as long as they reside in Nova Scotia and have billed at least $50,000 in the 12 months preceding baby’s date of birth or date of taking over care of an adopted child.  In two-physician families, both parents are eligible for parental leave.

Benefits for parental leave are accessible from the child’s birthdate, however eligible leaves may begin at a later date provided the weeks fall within 52 weeks from the child’s birthdate. Benefits for adoptive parents start from the date of taking over care of the child, providing the child is aged five or younger.

Earned income

Earned income must be $1,200 or less per week while claiming parental leave benefits.

Members must maintain a Full or Special Consideration: Members on Leave membership* with Doctors Nova Scotia while on leave. Apply for parental or adoption leave.

*Members on parental leave may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration: Members on Leave membership category and pay reduced membership fees. For more information, email karen.chaisson@doctorsns.com or deborah.wentzell@doctorsns.com.  

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.

Extended health and dental plan benefits 

If you are a member of the DNS extended health and dental plan, be sure to call DNS to add your child to the plan.  

If you require a breast pump, the extended health and dental plan can cover 80% of the cost for the pump, up to a maximum of $500.