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Financial support for taking time off

Mrs. Chantal LeBlanc

Mrs. Chantal LeBlanc has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences from Concordia University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University in 2009. Mrs. LeBlanc has been a professional social worker for 22 years, including 3 years in a clinical supervisory role. Her clinical practice has encompassed the areas of home care for elderly people as well as adults with physical and intellectual impairments. For the past 6 years, she has practiced in the field of oncology at the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal.

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Ms. Bonnie Tompkins

Ms. Bonnie Tompkins was the sole caregiver to her late partner, who passed away from cancer in May 2014. She recently graduated in public health from Brock University and now works with her local hospice to help increase access to needed assistance for patient and their caregivers. She is especially interested in caregivers, as she suffered caregiver burnout. Her passion is to use her late partner’s and her own experiences to help people in similar situations, hopefully lessening their stress.

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Cancerandwork.ca is a website led by Dr. Christine Maheu, from McGill University and Ms. Maureen Parkinson, from the British Columbia Cancer Agency and their core team members, in partnership with the de Souza Institute. Advisory board members and expert writers made up of interdisciplinary clinicians, legal experts, management and policy makers, and academics also contributed to the content of the website.

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Financial support for taking time off

If you need to take time off work as a caregiver, you can explore the availability of income replacement options with your employer’s insurance plan. You can call your manager, human resources department and union to obtain information on your coverage and rights.

Salary insurance can be accessed in instances where you are having health problems or having difficulty adjusting to a stressful life event or circumstance. You will need to see your doctor or go to an urgent care centre if you do not have a family physician.

Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefit

If you are unable to work because of health problems such as stress (anxiety), there is the federal government income replacement, employment insurance (EI). The EI includes 15-week sickness benefits in instances where you are having difficulty adjusting to a stressful life event or at critical moments during the care recipient’s

Also the following programs are available for caregivers under certain situations.

Compassionate Care Benefit

Compassionate Care Benefit (CCB) is a program funded by Service Canada that you as a caregiver can apply for if the person you are caring for is within 26 weeks of passing away. You may be eligible for 26 weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) assistance.

With the CCB, you need to be aware of your provincial labour standards for job security. Each province has a different length of time that an employer must guarantee the caregiver’s job.

This benefit may also be combined with other EI programs for up to a total of 102 weeks. For more information on the CCB and how to sign up, consult the following webpage from the Government of Canada.

Parents of Critically Ill Children

Parents of Critically Ill Children (PCIC) is a program run by Service Canada for parents who are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness or injury. They can receive up to 35 weeks of EI support, and it can be combined with other EI programs. With the PCIC, you need to be aware of your provincial labour standards for job security. Each province has a different length of time that an employer must guarantee the caregiver’s job. The following webpage provides further information on PCIC and how to sign up.

Family Caregiver leave is a labour standard for caregivers who are looking after a family member who has a serious medical condition but is not deemed terminal. This provides job security for the caregiver for a certain period. See your provincial labour standards for more information on job security.