Hoping someone knows the answers because the Internet isn't being helpful. For any Canadians out there, do you know if:

You need to be currently employed to get mat leave even if you did you 600 hours in the past year? For instance if you quit or lost your job and didn't pay into EI for the next several months, would you still qualify?

And also, if you are on a contract job (ie not permanent full time) do you still qualify for mat leave?

Am having some concerns with my current role and would love to leave but feeling trapped now. Trying to understand what my options are.