An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (compassionate care benefits for dependent children)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Irene Mathyssen  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to increase the period during which a claimant can receive special benefits for the care or support of a family member from six weeks to 15.

The enactment also provides special benefits for a claimant who is caring for a dependent child with a serious medical condition who must receive health care outside the region in which the child lives.


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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

September 23rd, 2011 / 12:10 p.m.
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Irene Mathyssen NDP London—Fanshawe, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-286, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (compassionate care benefits for dependent children).

Mr. Speaker, this bill is inspired by a number of realities, first and foremost, experiences in my riding.

When a parent is looking after a seriously ill child, six weeks is just not adequate. It simply will not do. I suggest and ask that the support period be extended to 15 weeks. When a child is seriously ill, the entire family suffers. Parents very often have to leave their jobs and the family is in a situation where it is financially stressed. When a child is ill, a family should not ever have to endure the extra concern of a financial impediment.

I would ask that members of the House consider the reality of families that deal with children who chronically or seriously ill and consider and support my bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)