Programs and Services

Compassionate Care Benefits, Employment Insurance

  • Caregivers and Families
  • Financial Assistance

Compassionate care benefits may be paid up to a maximum of 6 weeks to a person who has to be absent from work to provide care or support to a gravely ill family member at risk of dying within 26 weeks

You can receive compassionate care benefits to care for one of the following family members:

  • Your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner
  • Your wife/husband or common-law partner
  • Your father/mother
  • Your father's/mother's spouse or common- law partner
  • Siblings or step-siblings
  • Etc.

Care or support to a family member means:

  • Providing psychological or emotional support, or
  • Arranging for care by a third party, or
  • Directly providing or participating in the care.

You can share the 6 weeks compassionate care benefits with other members of your family who must also apply and are eligible for these benefits.

For more information:

Phone: 1-800-206-7218 (Toll-free) or 1-800-529-3742 (TTY)

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Disclaimer: The MS Society is an independent, voluntary health agency and does not approve, endorse or recommend any specific product or therapy but provides information to assist individuals in making their own decisions. For specific information and advice, please consult your personal physician. Read our full privacy policy.

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