An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (special benefits)

Sponsor

Fin Donnelly  NDP

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

Status

Introduced, as of June 9, 2016

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to extend the maximum period for which benefits for illness, injury or quarantine may be paid from 15 weeks to 50 weeks.

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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

June 9th, 2016 / 10:05 a.m.
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NDP

Fin Donnelly NDP Port Moody—Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-288, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (special benefits).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce legislation that would amend the Employment Insurance Act, to extend the maximum period for which special benefits for catastrophic illness, injury, or quarantine may be paid from 15 to 50 weeks.

This bill was inspired by Natalie Thomas, a cancer survivor from Coquitlam, whose story inspired this legislation and highlighted the changes needed to the Employment Insurance Act. Natalie was recovering from breast cancer surgery and was forced to return to work because her EI sick benefits ran out.

Canadians like Natalie who have suffered a serious illness should not be forced to go back to work too early. They should be able to focus on getting well and not having their health compromised by—

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