It may be helpful to know what your rights are at work to better advocate for your rights and obligations. Human rights laws in Canada prohibit discrimination based on the ground of family status. The courts have determined that family status extends to a person’s family caregiving responsibilities. This means that when you must care for a family member, your employer has a legal obligation to accommodate you as an employee.
Caregivers have found that flexible work arrangements that enable them to take care of a family member and continue to do their work has been one of the most helpful job accommodations. Be aware that employers can invoke undue hardship in certain circumstances if the work accommodations required would cost too much or creates risks to health and safety. For more information, consult our undue hardship section.
If you want to find more about how human rights applies to caregivers in your province, please consult the legal resources on human rights in your province or consult a lawyer.