By Human Resources Communications on February 20, 2018
On December 3, 2017, the federal government introduced new Employment Insurance (EI) benefits called the EI family caregiver benefit to help families care for a critically ill/injured family member or person that considers you a family member.
The new EI family caregiver benefits provide:
- Up to 15 weeks at 55% of salary (max. of $547/week) to care for adults 18 years of age or older
- Up to 35 weeks at 55% of salary (max. of $547/week) to care for children under 18 years of age
The new family caregiver benefits are offered in addition to EI compassionate care benefits for caregivers who are caring for terminally ill/injured family members or person that considers you a family member.
The BC Employment Standards Act currently provides eight weeks of job-protected leave for compassionate care, but does not include family caregiver leave. If you plan to apply for EI family caregiver benefits, you will need to apply for a general unpaid leave, and you will be responsible for paying the full cost of the benefits and pension you choose to maintain.
For more information:
Please visit the following Government of Canada sites to learn more about family caregiver benefits. You can also visit our Leaves section to learn more about taking a leave to care for a critically ill family member.