What are EI caregiving benefits?
Federal Employment Insurance (EI) caregiving benefits are available to eligible caregivers who provide care or support to a patient who is critically ill, injured or in need of end-of-life care.
On a day-to-day basis, you balance work and caring for someone close to you. This is where you exercise your employment insurance rights as a caregiver.
Specifics of employment insurance benefits
EI caregiving benefits provide financial assistance while you’re away from work to care for or support a critically ill or injured person or someone needing end-of-life care. You could receive 55% of your earnings.
As a caregiver, you don’t have to be related to or live with the person you care for or support, but they must consider you to be like a family member.
There are 3 types of caregiving benefits:
- Benefits for caregivers of children who provide care or support to a critically ill or injured person under 18. Up to 35 weeks of benefits;
- Benefits for caregivers of adults who provide care or support to a critically ill or injured person 18 or over. Up to 15 weeks of benefits;
- Compassionate care benefit to provide care or support to a person of any age who requires end-of-life care. Up to 26 weeks of benefits.