Find out about family caregiver leave
People take family caregiver leave to care for or support a family member who has a serious medical condition.
You may be able to take up to 8 weeks of family caregiver leave in a calendar year. This means between January 1 and December 31.
Who is a family member
Family caregiver leave applies to the following family members:
- your spouse, including a common-law or same-sex partner
- your child or your spouse's child, including a stepchild or foster child
- the spouse of your child, including a stepchild or foster child
- your brother or sister
- your parent or your spouse's parent, including a step-parent or foster parent
- your grandparent or your spouse's grandparent, including a step-grandparent
- your grandchild or your spouse's grandchild, including a step-grandchild
- a relative who depends on you for care or assistance
What you need to show your employer
You need a medical certificate from a doctor, nurse, or psychologist that says that your family member has a serious medical condition.
The certificate does not have to say what the medical condition is.