Broadening access to benefits and leaves

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Caregiver and Older Woman in a health-care environment

Should anyone who needs to take time off work to provide care to a family member with a serious illness or injury and significant care needs (20 or more hours of care per week) be eligible for EI caregiving benefits and job-protected leave under the Canada Labour Code (if they work in a federally regulated enterprise), or should these benefits be provided to those caring for someone with a life-threatening condition and a sudden need for care?

Alternatively, should some other criteria be used to broaden access to caregiving benefits and leaves?

Please share your views and experience.



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