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.