Family Caregiver Benefit for Adults – Overview

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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As of December 3, 2017, Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children (PCIC) have been replaced by the Family Caregiver Benefit for Children.

1. Overview

The Family Caregiver Benefit for Adults (the Benefit) allows eligible caregivers to receive up to 15 weeks of financial assistance to provide care or support to a critically ill or injured adult. Caregivers must be family members or someone who is considered to be like family by the person needing care or support.

What is considered care or support

Care is defined as participating in the care of a critically ill or injured adult. Support is defined as providing psychological or emotional support to a critically ill or injured adult.

Who is a family member

A family member includes immediate family as well as other relatives and individuals considered to be like family, whether or not related by marriage, common-law partnership, or any legal parent-child relationship.

What is the definition of a critically ill or injured adult

Anyone 18 or over whose baseline state of health has changed significantly and whose life is at risk as a result of illness or injury. They must also need the care or support of at least one caregiver.

If the person is already living with a chronic medical condition, caregivers are not eligible for the Benefit unless the person’s health changes significantly because of a new and acute life-threatening event.

How much could I receive

Depending on your wages, you could receive up to $543 a week in 2017 and up to $547 a week in 2018, for up to 15 weeks.

Can more than one caregiver share benefits

Yes. 15 weeks of benefits may be shared by eligible caregivers during a 52-week period, at the same time or one after another.

Can I combine benefits

The Family Caregiver Benefit for Adults is part of the suite of Employment Insurance (EI) caregiving benefits. It can be taken consecutively with other benefits such as the Compassionate Care Benefit in the unfortunate event that the family member’s health deteriorates. In this case, you must meet the eligibility criteria for each benefit.

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