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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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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/or 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.

There are federal government income replacement options available through Employment Insurance (EI). These include 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 illness.

Employment Insurance (EI) 26-week compassionate care benefits are available (note that both of the above (EI) options require a medical certificate). Provincial government last-resort income security benefits are also available, as well as financial assistance from cancer-based foundations and charitable organizations.