Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children

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Am I eligible?

You can receive the PCIC benefit for up to a maximum of 35 weeks if you have to be absent from work to provide care or support to your critically ill or injured child. If you are unemployed and already receiving EI benefits, you can also apply for the PCIC benefit.

To be eligible to establish a claim for the PCIC benefit, you must be able to show that:

  • your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% because you need to provide care or support to your critically ill or injured child;
  • you have accumulated 600 insured hours of work in the 52 weeks prior to the start of your claim, or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter;
  • you are the parent of the child who is critically ill or injured; and
  • your child is under 18 years of age at the time the 52-week window opens. If your child turns 18 years of age during the 52-week window, you still remain eligible to receive the PCIC benefit.


Are you self-employed?

If you have registered for access to EI special benefits for self-employed people and waited 12 months from the date of your confirmed registration, you will qualify for the PCICbenefit if:

  • you have reduced the amount of time devoted to your business by more than 40% because you need to provide care or support to your critically ill or injured child; and
  • you have earned a minimum amount of self-employed earnings during the calendar year preceding the year you submit your claim. This amount may change from year to year. If you want to apply for benefits in 2013, for example, you would need to have earned at least $6,342 in 2012;
  • you are the parent of the child who is critically ill or injured; and
  • your child is under 18 years of age at the time the 52-week window opens. If your child turns 18 years of age during the 52-week window, you still remain eligible to receive the PCIC benefit.

How do I apply?

To apply for the PCIC benefit, submit an EI application online as soon as possible after you stop working. If you delay filing your claim by more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.

Once you apply for the PCIC benefit, you must submit a medical certificate completed and signed by a specialist medical doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in Canada as a specialist, attesting that your child is critically ill or injured and requires your care or support.

Specialist medical doctors are not authorized to release medical information about a third party without prior consent. Therefore, you must complete and sign an Authorization to Release a Medical Certificate form to authorize the release of the information and submit it with the medical certificate.

To access these forms visit the Service Canada Web site at servicecanada.gc.ca/pcic

These documents can be submitted by mail at the address provided on the confirmation page when you complete your online application for benefits or in person at a Service Canada Centre near you.

How much will I receive?

We cannot tell you exactly how much you will receive before we process your application. For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of your average weekly insurable earnings, up to a maximum amount. As of January 1, 2013, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $47,400. This means that you could receive a maximum amount of $501 per week in EI benefits.

How long can I receive benefits?

If you are eligible to receive the PCIC benefit, you may receive up to 35 weeks of benefits during a 52-week PCIC window. The payments for eligible weeks can be taken in consecutive weeks or divided into periods within the 52-week window.

The number of weeks you are entitled to receive is based on the medical certificate. If your child requires care or support after the period identified on the medical certificate and less than 35 weeks have been paid for the care or support of your child, it is possible to receive additional weeks of PCIC benefits.

If the initial period set out on the medical certificate was underestimated, the specialist medical doctor can issue a second medical certificate to extend the length of time for which your child requires your care or support, up to a total of 35 weeks. You will not have to re-qualify, other than to obtain the additional medical certificate.

When will my payments stop?

Your payments will stop when the first of any of the following occur:

  • the maximum of 35 weeks of the PCIC benefits during the 52-week window has been paid to one parent or shared between both parents, for the critically ill or injured child;
  • the 52-week window has expired;
  • the critically ill child no longer requires the care or support of a parent or dies; or
  • you have received the maximum benefits payable on your claim that combines the PCIC benefit with other types of EI benefits.

Where can I find out more about the Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children?

For more detailed information about Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children or to apply for this benefit, visit our Web site at www.servicecanada.gc.ca/pcic.

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