EI compassionate care benefit - Overview
Compassionate care benefits are Employment Insurance (EI) benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death. A maximum of 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people.
What is "care or support"?
Care or support of a family member means:
- providing psychological or emotional support; or
- arranging for care by a third party; or
- directly providing or participating in the care.
Who is considered a family member?
You can receive compassionate care benefits for a variety of family members—both yours and those of your spouse or common-law partner.
|Your family members||Family members of your spouse or common-law partner|
|Wife, husband, common-law partner|
|Father, mother||Father, mother (married or common law)|
|Father's wife, mother's husband||Father's wife, mother's husband|
|Common-law partner of the father or the mother||Common-law partner of the father or the mother of your spouse or common-law partner|
|Brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters||Brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters|
|Grandchildren, their spouses or common-law partners||Grandchildren|
|Sons-in-law, daughters-in-law (married or common law)||Sons-in-law, daughters-in-law (married or common law)|
|Father-in-law, mother-in-law (married or common law)|
|Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law (married or common law)|
|Uncles, aunts, their spouses or common-law partners||Uncles, aunts|
|Nephews, nieces, their spouses or common-law partners||Nephews, nieces|
|Current or former foster parents||Current or former foster parents|
|Current or former foster children, their spouses or common-law partners|
|Current or former wards||Current or former wards|
|Current or former guardians, their spouses or common-law partners|
Note: A common-law partner is a person who has been living in a conjugal relationship with another person for at least a year.
Guides and help
- Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits
- In Difficult Times: Compassionate Care Benefits
- EI Digest
- Annex 5 - Compassionate Care Benefits
- Supplement to Employment Insurance (EI) maternity, parental, compassionate care and Family Caregiver Benefits
- EI Digest – Chapter 23 – Compassionate Care Benefits
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