On November 10th 2017 Federal Government introduced EI Caregiving benefits and leave.

Caregivers who provide care to a critically ill or injured adult family member will have access to a new benefit of up to 15 weeks. This will help more Canadians support loved ones when they need it most.

Immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill will, for the first time, have access to a new benefit that was previously available only to parents. It will replace the Parent of Critically ill Children benefit and continue to provide up to 35 weeks of benefits.

Both medical doctors and nurse practitioners will now be able to sign medical certificates for the existing and new family caregiving benefits, which will simplify the process.

Through Employment Insurance, you could receive financial assistance of up to 55% of your earnings, to a maximum of $573 a week. These benefits will help you take time away from work to provide care or support to a critically ill or injured person or someone needing end-of-life care.

As a caregiver, you don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for or support, but they must consider you to be like family.

There are 3 types of caregiving benefits: Family caregiver benefit for children, Family caregiver benefit for adults , and compassionate benefit. This type of financial assistance will ease financial pressures suffered by those who provide care to critically ill or injured person, and also to family members who require end of life care.

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