Find out about family medical leave
People take family medical leave to care for or support someone who is dying.
You may be able to take up to 8 weeks of family medical leave over a period of 26 weeks. You may be able to take up to 8 more weeks if the person does not die within those first 26 weeks.
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 spouse's child, including a stepchild or foster child
- the spouse of your child or your spouse's child, including a stepchild or foster child
- your brother or sister or your spouse's brother or sister, including a stepbrother or stepsister
- the spouse of your brother or sister or your spouse’s brother or sister, including a stepbrother or stepsister
- 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 spouse's grandchild, including a step-grandchild
- your uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece
- your spouse's uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece
- the spouse of your grandchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece
- someone who thinks of you like a family member
What you need to show your employer
You need a medical certificate from a doctor that says that the family member or close friend is:
- seriously ill, and
- at a significant risk of dying within 26 weeks.
Employment Insurance benefits
You might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) compassionate care benefits for up to 26 weeks.