EI compassionate care benefit - Overview
Starting December 3, access to EI caregiving benefits will be improved by allowing medical doctors and nurse practitioners to sign medical certificates for Compassionate Care benefits claims.
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 - Chapter 22 — Parents of critically ill children benefits
- Annex 5 - Compassionate Care Benefits
- Supplement to Employment Insurance (EI) maternity, parental, compassionate care and parents of critically ill children benefits
- EI Digest – Chapter 23 – Compassionate Care Benefits
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