In 2005, LEAF and LEAF Edmonton provided a submission on the maternity and parental leave provisions of the Canada Labour Code to the Federal Labour Standards Review Commission.

The qualifying thresholds for maternity leave and for parental leave in Part III, Division VII, of the Canada Labour Code required six consecutive months of continuous employment with an employer before there was entitlement to such leave under the Code. The submission argued that the qualifying thresholds should be removed because they were inconsistent with the equality guarantees found in s. 15 of the Charter and the international human rights covenants to which Canada is a signatory.

Download the submission below.