Preparing financially for parenthood can be made more challenging with a maternity leave pay cut. Here’s how to navigate the system and prepare your mat leave budget.
There’s no way around it – kids are expensive! It costs an average of $242,000 to raise that bundle of joy to the age of 18. For new parents, though, the first year of costs can be an especially terrifying challenge.
Starting a family is a big deal for your life, your body and your pocketbook. Taking some time off to raise a child, fortunately, is protected by law in Canada, as is your right to have a small income while you’re caring for your baby. However, taking a maternal or parental leave means navigating a complex system full of paperwork, federal and provincial law, and rules that can be hard to understand.