In hopes of allowing parents more time to take care of critically ill or injured children, the Government of Canada has announced a proposed change to employment insurance.
“It’s just another tool in the tool chest for families to consider if they’re put in this situation,” Prince Albert MP Randy Hoback said.
“This new (employment insurance) special benefit will ease the financial pressure on parents who take time off work to care for their critically ill or injured children when they need it the most.”
The proposed change will allow parents to apply to receive up to 35 weeks of employment insurance to care for children who are in such a situation.
This proposed change to employment insurance accompanies several additional changes, and is expected to be available by June of 2013 and help an estimated 6,000 families per year.