Do you qualify
Do you qualify
The information below should be used as a guideline. We encourage you to apply for benefits as soon as possible and let us determine if you’re eligible.
You need to demonstrate that:
- you’re a family member of the person who is critically ill or injured or needing end-of-life care, or you’re considered to be like a family member
- your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% for at least 1 week because you need to take time away from work to provide care or support to the person
- you accumulated at least 600 insured hours of work in the 52 weeks before the start of your claim, or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter
- a medical doctor or nurse practitioner has certified that the person you are providing care or support to is critically ill or injured or needing end-of-life care
If you’re not a family member
If you’re not a family member, either the person needing care or support or their legal representative must complete an attestation form to confirm that they consider you to be like family. For a child, the parent or legal guardian must sign the form to confirm.
If the person you’re caring for lives outside Canada
If you leave Canada to provide care or support to a person who is critically ill or injured or needing end-of-life care, you may still be eligible to receive these benefits. You must submit an application and supporting documents with the same type of proof that is required for someone living in Canada.
The medical certificate for the person who is critically ill or injured or needing end-of-life care should be completed by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner in the country where they’re receiving care.
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