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Under federal legislation, gainfully employed mothers are entitled to maternity leave, but there is no law granting fathers the right to paternity leave. In practice, however, there are several options allowing new fathers to take time off for the birth of their children.
In the private sector, employers must grant employees “regular working hours and days” off for family events. New fathers can therefore ask their employers for one to two days off for the birth of their child. These details are set out in your employment contract.
Increasingly, public and private employers are offering future fathers the opportunity to take paternity leave following the birth of their child. Contact your employer directly to discover if your company offers this opportunity and to find out more about it.