Leaves of absences may be paid or unpaid depending on your employment contract. Your company may have a leave of absence policy in place outlining additional leave of absence information not provided in the appropriate legislation. Although most companies and businesses do not provide for paid leaves of absences for parental leave, pregnancy leave, or compassionate care leave etc., employees may be entitled to paid leave through employment insurance benefits.
For example, in Ontario, pay during pregnancy and maternity/parental leaves is provided by employment insurance, a federally managed program. That being said, your rate of pay will be protected until you return to work and in most cases, you can continue to participate in benefit plants and your seniority will continue to accrue while on leave. The Ministry of Labour provides protection against employee dismissal, termination, lay off, suspension, demotion or discipline for taking an acceptable leave of absence.
In Canada, you have certain legal rights, duties and obligations if you want to take a leave of absence. For example, employees must provide their employers with a prescribed amount of written notice before going on pregnancy leave.