In Canada, you are eligible for paid maternity leave if you meet the following criteria:
A woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy qualifies for maternity leave at the onset of labour. Women who experience complications of pregnancy or other illness-related problems are eligible for either health or sickness benefits, rather than maternity leave.
Maternity leave in Canada is available for a maximum of 15 weeks. This benefit is only offered to biological (and surrogate) mothers. A further 35 weeks of parental benefits are available to biological, adoptive, or legally recognized parents. These can be shared between two parents. The amount you will receive depends on the details of your application. For most people, you will receive at least 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings. Your benefit could be as high as 80% of your usual income. The maximum annual benefit in 2016 was $50,800.
To apply, submit an application online application. Go to http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/reports/ei/process.page for more details.