Quoting khigh:" <blockquote><b>Quoting crazy coupon lady:</b>" Its not funded through the same of ... [snip!] ... It comes off of my checks in taxes, its not free money like welfare"</blockquote> Why can't you save money yourself?"
In Canada, all WORKING new moms are entiltled to a year off to care for their baby and are encouraged to breastfeed. Welfare is for people who don't work, they get a check everything month that they will never pay back (well maybe in taxes).
Maternity Leave, is a separate program.. ONLY working people can get it, if you don't have a job that you worked at for so long, you will not get the benefits.
Our paychecks, have taxes taking off, cpp and EI, I pay in 25 percent of all my paychecks while working.. and I will pay for this all my working life depsite only taking two years off with the babies. In otherwords, we pay for our benefits 10 times over. Welfare is never directly paid by the person, they pay into taxes but EI is it's own program.. if we don't pay for it, we don't get it. It doesn't matter what you do, you still get it if you WORKED enough hours.. are you going to try to tell me that nurses, teachers ect.. are on welfare because they had a baby and are using a program they paid for just for this purpose?
It's not the same thing at all, it's in place to encourage mother's to return to the workforce.. if we didn't have this program, many women would probably quit and turn to welfare.. this Materinty program is to AVOID mother's being on welfare.
I'm not sure why you say only $400 lol.. here, it's 55 percent of your income.. I was getting $800 every two weeks plus my employer topped me up to 93 percent for 15 weeks.