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  • Who is eligible? Employment Insurance (EI) Compassionate Care Benefits


    By panasia1234




    by: ZIA-UR-REHMAN AHMED

    Who is eligible?

    Who is considered a family member? New Definition of care or support Sharing compassionate care benefits
    Medical proof How, where and when to apply What Information/documents are needed? When will you receive your first payment? A 2-week waiting period to serve
    Period during which you can receive compassionate care benefits In order to get paid You wish to obtain information about your EI Insurance claim Working while on compassionate care benefits Various types of earnings

    How much will you receive?

    Compassionate care benefits combined with regular benefits
    Compassionate care benefits combined with maternity, parental and sickness benefits Quitting your job for compassionate care reasons Labour disputes Compassionate care benefits outside Canada Other benefits from Canada's public pensions

    If you have been paid EI benefits in the past and you received a written notice, for example, a warning letter or a penalty letter, for making a false statement, the required number of hours worked to claim compassionate care benefits will be higher. To know more...

    The qualifying period is the shorter of:

    the 52 week-period immediately before the start date of your claim, or the period since the start of a previous EI claim if that claim started during the 52 week-period.

    Who is considered a family member?
    You can receive compassionate care benefits to care for 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 fathers wife/mothers husband;
    the common-law partner of your father/mother.
    Common-law partner means a person who has been living in a conjugal relationship with that person for at least a year.

    Effective the week of June 11, 2006, the definition of Family member has been expanded. You can now receive compassionate care benefits to provide care or support to the following family members:

    Brothers or sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters
    Brothers or sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters
    Grandparents and step grandparents
    Grandparents Grandchildren and their spouse or common-law partner Grandchildren Son-in-law and daughter-in-law, either married or common-law , Son-in-law and daughter-in-law, either married or common-law Father-in-law and mother-in-law, either married or common-law
    Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, either married or common-law,Uncle and aunt and their spouse or common-law partner
    Uncle and aunt,Nephew and niece and their spouse or common-law partner, Nephew and niece.


    You can also receive compassionate care benefits to care for a gravely ill person who considers you like a family member. For instance a close friend or neighbour. A signed Compassionate Care Benefits Attestation is required from the gravely ill person or their representative.

    Please note: Benefits are only available as of the date the EI regulations change. You cannot claim compassionate care benefits to care for your newly eligible family members prior to June 11, 2006

    Definition of care or support
    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.

    Employment Insurance (EI) Compassionate Care Benefits








    Who is eligible?
    Who is considered a family member? New
    Definition of care or support
    Sharing compassionate care benefits
    Medical proof

    How, where and when to apply
    What information/documents are needed?
    When will you receive your first payment?
    A 2-week waiting period to serve
    Period during which you can receive compassionate care benefits

    In order to get paid
    You wish to obtain information about your EI Insurance claim
    Working while on compassionate care benefits
    Various types of earnings
    How much will you receive?
    Compassionate care benefits combined with regular benefits
    Compassionate care benefits combined with maternity, parental and sickness benefits

    Quitting your job for compassionate care reasons
    Labour disputes
    Compassionate care benefits outside Canada
    Other benefits from Canada's public pensions

    Repayment of benefits at income tax time
    Your rights and responsibilities
    Appealing a decision


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    Who is eligible?
    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. Unemployed persons on EI can also ask for this type of benefits.

    To be eligible for compassionate care benefits you must apply and show that:

    your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40%; and
    you have accumulated 600 insured hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last claim. This period is called the qualifying period.
    If you have been paid EI benefits in the past and you received a written notice, for example, a warning letter or a penalty letter, for making a false statement, the required number of hours worked to claim compassionate care benefits will be higher. To know more...

    The qualifying period is the shorter of:

    the 52 week-period immediately before the start date of your claim, or
    the period since the start of a previous EI claim if that claim started during the 52 week-period.
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    Who is considered a family member?
    You can receive compassionate care benefits to care for 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 fathers wife/mothers husband;
    the common-law partner of your father/mother.
    Common-law partner means a person who has been living in a conjugal relationship with that person for at least a year.

    Effective the week of June 11, 2006, the definition of Family member has been expanded. You can now receive compassionate care benefits to provide care or support to the following family members:

    Expanded definition of "family member" You can receive compassionate care benefits to care for your:
    Or to care for the following family members of your spouse or common-law partner

    Brothers or sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters
    Brothers or sisters and stepbrothers and stepsisters
    Grandparents and step grandparents
    Grandparents

    Grandchildren and their spouse or common-law partner
    Grandchildren

    Son-in-law and daughter-in-law, either married or common-law
    Son-in-law and daughter-in-law, either married or common-law
    Father-in-law and mother-in-law, either married or common-law

    Brother-in-law and sister-in-law, either married or common-law


    Uncle and aunt and their spouse or common-law partner
    Uncle and aunt

    Nephew and niece and their spouse or common-law partner
    Nephew and niece

    Current or former foster parents
    Current or former foster parents

    Current or former foster children and their spouse or common-law partner


    Current or former wards
    Current or former wards

    Current or former guardians or tutors and their spouse or common-law partner



    You can also receive compassionate care benefits to care for a gravely ill person who considers you like a family member. For instance a close friend or neighbour. A signed Compassionate Care Benefits Attestation is required from the gravely ill person or their representative.

    Please note: Benefits are only available as of the date the EI regulations change. You cannot claim compassionate care benefits to care for your newly eligible family members prior to June 11, 2006.

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

    The number of weeks that you will share with other members of your family should be decided and agreed between each family member requesting these benefits at the time you apply for compassionate care benefits. See example 1

    Example 1
    Shared compassionate care benefits between 3 family members:

    Yourself: Your claim starts on January 1, 2006 and you ask for 2 weeks;
    Your sister: Her claim starts on January 29, 2006 and she asks for 1 week;
    Your brother: His claim starts on June 11, 2006 and he asks for 3 weeks.
    Medical certificate signed January 4, 2006.
    The 26-week period starts on January 1, 2006 and ends on July 1, 2006.

    As you are the 1st to claim compassionate care benefits, you serve the 2-week waiting period.

    Waiting period to be served and number of weeks payable for each family member:

    Yourself: 2 weeks waiting period from January 1 to January 14, 2006 and 2 weeks payable from January 15 to January 28, 2006;
    Your sister: No waiting period to serve and 1 week payable from January 29 to February 4, 2006;
    Your brother: No waiting period to serve and 3 weeks payable from June 11 to July 1, 2006.

    Medical proof

    When requesting compassionate care benefits you must provide a medical certificate as proof that the ill family member needs care or support and is at risk of dying within 26 weeks.

    The medical certificate called "Medical certificate for Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits" must be completed and signed by a medical doctor or other medical practitioner authorized to treat the gravely ill family member.

    Please note that the fees requested by the doctor are entirely at your own expense.

    Another medical practitioner, such as a nurse practitioner, is accepted when:

    the gravely ill family member is in a geographic location where treatment by a medical doctor is limited or not accessible, and
    a medical doctor has authorized the other medical practitioner to treat the ill family member.
    Only one medical certificate is required per gravely ill family member within the 26-week period whether one person claims the total of 6 weeks of benefits or whether they are shared.

    In the eventuality that more than one medical certificate is submitted, it's the 1st one that determines the start and end of the 26-week period.

    How, where and when to apply

    To receive compassionate care benefits you must submit an EI application on-line or in person at your Service Canada Centre. You should apply as soon as you stop working.

    You must request your Record of Employment (ROE) from your last employer. If you have your ROE from your last employer, apply immediately. If you did not receive your last ROE, submit your application along with proof of employment, for example, pay stubs. If one or more ROE covering periods prior to your last employment are missing, you must still submit your claim for benefits.

    If getting your ROE is a problem, your Service Canada Centre can help you. You will have to fill out a form "Request for Record of Employment" explaining what efforts you have made to obtain it. You will have to provide proof of your employment, such as: pay stubs, cancelled pay cheques, T4 slip, work schedules. If possible, we will use the proof to calculate your claim.

    Delaying in filing your claim for benefits beyond 4 weeks after your last day of work may cause loss of benefits.

    What information/documents are needed?
    Your Social Insurance Number (SIN). If your SIN begins with a 9, you need to supply proof of your immigration status and work permit.
    A Record of Employment (ROE) from each job held over the last 52 weeks;
    Personal identification such as your driver's licence, birth certificate or passport if you are applying in person;
    Your complete bank information, as shown on your cheque or bank statement or a voided personalized blank cheque from your current account. This will ensure that your payment of benefits will be made directly to your bank account with Direct Deposit;
    Information about the ill family member, such as first and family name, date of birth and residential address;
    A medical certificate for Employment Insurance compassionate care benefits;
    Your detailed version of facts if you have quit or have been dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks;
    Details regarding your most recent employment: Your total salary before deductions including tips and commissions, your salary before deductions for your last week of work, from Sunday to your last day worked, gross amounts received or to be received: vacation pay, severance pay, pension, pay in lieu of notice or lay off and other monies.
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    When will you receive your first payment?
    If we have all the required information and if you qualify for benefits, your payment will usually be issued within 28 days from the date of filing your claim. If you do not qualify, we will notify you of the decision made on your claim.

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    A 2-week waiting period to serve
    You must serve a 2-week unpaid waiting period before your EI benefits begin to be paid. Generally, this period is the first 2 weeks of your claim. This is like a deductible for any kind of insurance. On the other hand, if you reopen a claim for benefits in which you have already served a 2-week waiting period, you do not serve another 2-week waiting period.

    Earnings, for example,vacation pay, severance pay... made or allocated during the 2-week waiting period will be deducted in the first 3 weeks for which benefits are otherwise payable following the waiting period.

    In some instances, the 2-week waiting period may be waived or deferred, but only under certain circumstances, for examples:

    If you get paid sick leave pay from your employer following your last day worked the waiting period may be waived;
    If compassionate care benefits are being shared by family members, only the first family member claiming these benefits serves the waiting period. In the event the other family members subsequently claim regular, sickness or maternity benefits, the 2-week waiting period would then have to be served;
    If you receive group insurance payments, you can serve the 2-week waiting period during the last two weeks that these insurance payments are being paid;
    In the situation where more than one family member claims compassionate care benefits at the same time, the family members are required to choose which individual serves the waiting period.



    Period during which you can receive compassionate care benefits?
    A maximum of 6 weeks compassionate care benefits is payable within the 26-week period that starts with the earlier of:

    the week the doctor signs the medical certificate, or
    the week the doctor examine the gravely ill family member, or
    the week the family member became gravely ill, if the doctor can determine that date, e.g. the date of the test results.
    The benefits end when 6 weeks compassionate care benefits have been paid, or the gravely ill family member dies or no longer requires care or support; benefits are paid to the end of the week, or the 26-week period has expired,
    you have exhausted the maximum benefits payable on your claim that combines compassionate care benefits with other .

    types of EI benefits.

    In the eventuality that more than one medical certificate is submitted, it's the 1st one that determines the start and end of the 26-week period.

    Note: In case the gravely ill family member dies while you are collecting compassionate care benefits, you must let us know immediately to prevent EI overpayments. In that case, call our telephone information service at 1 800 206-7218 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and press "0" to speak to a representative. You can also write to us or go in person to your Service Canada Centre.


     


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