Federal budget tops up employment insurance compassionate care plan

OTTAWA — Those who have to take time away from work to care for a dying loved one will get more help from the federal government.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s new budget sets aside another $37 million more each year for compassionate care benefits under employment insurance.

That will allow people to take up to six months off work, instead of the current six weeks.

The change will come into effect next Jan. 1.

Oliver, in his budget speech, says when a loved one is gravely ill, people need to focus on what matters most.

It’s one of a series of social initiatives outlined in the fiscal plan and comes ahead of the autumn federal election and four years after a parliamentary committee studied the issue and recommended substantial change.

The Canadian Press

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