In a statement Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk announced effective January 3, 2016, care givers would be eligible for up to 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits, up from six weeks.
In addition, the period during which benefits can be taken is expanded to 52 weeks, up from 26 weeks and the benefits can be shared between family members.
“I am glad to announce the coming into force of an increase in the duration of the compassionate care benefit. Going forward, we have pledged to work toward giving Canadians more support by making this benefit more flexible, easier to access and more inclusive” Mihychuk said.
The government plans to invest an additional $37 million annually on top of the existing $12 million to extend the duration of the benefits.
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