Benefit Changes for Families with Critically Ill Loved Ones
September 26, 2018
OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that the Government of Canada has moved forward with the following changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program in order to better support workers who take time off work due to specific life events:
Caregivers who provide care to a critically ill or injured adult family member now have access to a new benefit of up to 15 weeks.
Immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill will now have access to a new benefit that was previously available only to parents. It replaces the Parents of Critically Ill Children Benefit and continues to provide up to 35 weeks of benefits.
Parents are able to choose the option that best meets their family’s needs: standard parental benefits (taken over 12 months at a benefit rate of 55 percent) or extended parental benefits (taken over 18 months at a benefit rate of 33 percent).
Eligible pregnant workers are able to receive EI maternity benefits earlier, up to 12 weeks before their due date. This increased flexibility allows pregnant workers to consider their personal, health and workplace circumstances when choosing when to begin their maternity leave.
These changes apply to EI-eligible workers, as well as self-employed Canadians who opt into the EI program for access to EI special benefits, and who meet minimum income and other requirements to qualify for EI special benefits.
These improvements were informed by consultations on EI maternity, parental and caregiving benefits.
For more information, please visit: www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2018/09/backgrounder-ei-maternity-benefits-and-leaves.html