Caregiver leave expansion proposed

Press Release

The Ontario government is proposing to expand protected leave from work by allowing caregivers to spend more time with family members who cannot care for themselves because of serious injury or illness, including cancer or stroke.
Currently, Ontarians are entitled to an eight-week unpaid leave of absence to take care of loved ones who are terminally ill.
The new Family Caregiver Leave would build on the existing Family Medical Leave so that whether a young child spends time in the hospital or an elderly parent suffers a broken hip, family members would be granted extended time to care for and support their loved ones.
The proposed amendment to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act would give working Ontarians up to eight weeks of unpaid time away from work.
The Ontario government also is calling on its federal partners to extend Employment Insurance to those who take advantage of Family Caregiver Leave.
A doctor’s note would be required in order to qualify for Family Caregiver Leave.