Benefits for caregivers
Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits
If you need to take time off work to provide care or support for a family member who is gravely ill and is at risk of dying within six months, you may be eligible for compassionate care benefits for up to six months.
Employment Insurance Family Caregiver Benefit for Children
Family members who need to take leave from work to provide care or support for their critically ill or injured child can receive special Employment Insurance benefits for up to 35 weeks.
Employment Insurance Family Caregiver Benefit for Adults
Family members who need to take leave from work to provide care and support to an adult family member with a critical illness or injury can receive special Employment Insurance benefits for up to 15 weeks.
Child Disability Benefit (CDB)
The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit for families who care for a child under age 18 who is eligible for the disability tax credit. Children eligible for the disability tax credit typically have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, certified by a medical practitioner.
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future.
Employer benefits and assistance for caregivers
Your employer’s health care plan may cover some medically-related caregiving expenses. This coverage usually depends on your relationship with the person you're caring for.
When caring for someone, you may have to take some time off work or change your regular working hours. Speak with your employer to determine what options are available. Some employers might offer flexible work arrangements, such as the ability to work from home. In addition, employers may provide paid or unpaid leave which can be used for caregiving responsibilities.
Your employer may offer other forms of assistance, such as an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP is a confidential service designed to help you manage issues in your personal life that could have an impact on your work, such as having to care for someone who is ill.
Contact your employer, manager, human resources department, union or employee representative to learn what benefits and services might be available to you and the person you're caring for.
Employers benefits and pensions
It's possible that the person in your care is eligible for a pension or benefits from a previous employer. These can be great sources of income to help pay for the care they require. Ask the person for a list of their previous employers and contact them to determine if the person in your care is eligible for extra pensions or benefits.
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