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November 9th, 2006, 09:46 PM
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Termination of a pregnancy
When a pregnancy terminates within the first 19 weeks of pregnancy, it is considered an illness under EI. If that is the case, sickness benefits may be paid as long as the qualifying conditions for sickness benefits are met.

On the other hand, if the pregnancy terminates in the 20th week or later, the claim for benefits can be considered for maternity benefits if the qualifying conditions for maternity benefits are met.


Did you guys know anything about this?
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November 9th, 2006, 10:27 PM
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From what I can understand, as far as income for the mother goes, there is no difference. The amount of hours to qualify and amount of weeks (pay) available is the same. Sounds like a difference in accounting.

"terminate" is the term used in a miscarriage. I am pretty certain this isn't for an abortion (although if you do have one, your Dr can write you off on sickness anyway. A Dr can always write a note to have you on sick benefits).

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November 10th, 2006, 10:08 AM
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The verbage is bad - but......
since any pregnancy under 20 weeks, when the pregnancy is lost (miscarriage) it is considered a Spontaneous Abortion, 20+ weeks, still birth. So, perhaps the difference between illness=miscarriage, stillbirth=maternity.

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November 10th, 2006, 10:20 PM
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When i was pregnant I had a threatened misscarriage at 4-5weeks. I had to go to the ER. When I fell down a flgiht of stairs at 19 weeks 5days, I had to go to the ER. When I got cramps and started Pre term labour at 23 weeks.. I went to the maternity ward. Its weird but that is how it works in Canada. 20 weeks under not viable. Anything over 20 weeks is viable (thought the chances of a baby 23weeks and under surviving are slim to non and even 24-25 weeks is iffy) Anyhoo.. It is odd I know.
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