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.

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