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Introducing a new Family Caregiver benefit for children

We have made it easier to access benefits for the care of critically ill children under 18. Starting December 3, 2017, any family member or person who is considered to be like family will be eligible for this renamed and enhanced Family Caregiver benefit for children. (Before, the Parents of Critically Ill Children benefit was available only to parents.) Up to 35 weeks of EI benefits will continue to be available for the care of a critically ill child.

Medical doctors and nurse practitioners will be able to sign the certificate stating that the child is critically ill. (Before, the certificate had to be signed by a medical specialist.)

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