Caregiver Leaves to Help Families Now in Effect
Ontario Strengthens Job Security for Families
People in Ontario can now take three new leaves of absence thanks to the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2014, which came into effect on October 29. This legislation allows caregivers to focus their attention on what matters most - providing care to their loved ones - without fear of losing their jobs.
The legislation builds on the existing Family Medical Leave by creating additional job-protected leaves:
- Family Caregiver Leave: up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to provide care or support to a family member with a serious medical condition.
- Critically Ill Child Care Leave: up to 37 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care to a critically ill child.
- Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave: up to 52 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime.
- A medical note is required to qualify for Family Caregiver Leave and Critically Ill Child Care Leave.
- Employees who take Critically Ill Child Care Leave or Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave may also be able to access new federal benefits for critically ill children or murdered or missing children.
- Read more about Ontario’s new Family Caregiver Leave.
- Read more about Ontario’s new Critically Ill Child Care Leave.
- Read more about Ontario’s new Crime-Related Child Death or Disappearance Leave.
- Download a sample medical certificate.
- Find out more about Ontario’s Employment Standards Act.
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“The one thing working Ontarians need most when it comes to caring for seriously ill or injured family members is time to be with their loved ones. These new leaves are a matter of compassion. They will increase job security and are the right thing to do for Ontario families.”
“This initiative supports the government’s focus on putting patients and their families first. When a family member is sick, home is where they want to be.”
Dr. Eric Hoskins
“When seniors are at their most vulnerable, that is when they need their families the most. The Family Caregiver Leave is significant because it will help more seniors recover from injuries or illnesses, while surrounded by their loved ones who care for them.”