Find out about critically ill child care leave

People take critically ill child care leave so they can care for or support their child who is under 18 years of age and critically ill. This includes your stepchild, your foster child, and a child you're the legal guardian for.

You may be able to take up to 37 weeks of critically ill child care leave over a period of 52 weeks.

To get critically ill child care leave, you must have worked for your employer for at least 6 months in a row.

What you need to show your employer

You need a medical certificate from a doctor, nurse, or psychologist that says that the child is:

  • critically ill, and
  • needs care and support from a parent for a specific period of time.

Employment Insurance benefits

You might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for parents of critically ill children for up to 35 weeks.

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