Helping Families in Need Act (Bill C-44)

October 9th, 2013 by Marc Spivak

Helping Families in Need Act in Toronto Ontario CanadaIf you are a parent of a critically ill or injured child, you may be eligible for new benefits under the recently enacted federal Helping Families in Need Act (Bill C-44).

This legislation has expanded the availability of EI benefits to allow eligible parents to take an unpaid leave of absence to care for a child for up to 35 weeks in a 52 week period.  The Canada Labour Code was amended to provide unpaid leave to eligible employees.  Parents who are self employed are also eligible.

To qualify, a parent must have had 6 consecutive months of employment, and a medical specialist has to issue a certificate confirming the child is critically ill and needs one or both parents to care for them. The child must be under 18 at the time the care is provided.

For parents of children injured in motor vehicle accidents, this Act may provide some financial relief as parents who must take time off work to care for their injured children may be eligible to receive benefits.

For parents of children who have died or who are missing as a result of a crime, this Act provides further relief in the form of up to 104 weeks of unpaid leave, and up to $350 per week for 35 weeks.  If a child has died as a result of a motor vehicle accident where the at-fault driver has been criminally charged, the parent of the deceased child may be eligible for these benefits.

Dealing with the injuries or worse, the death, of a child is something that in an ideal world no parent would have to endure. The personal injury lawyers at Devry Smith Frank LLP can help you cope with such a situation should it occur by assisting you in accessing these and other benefits.

For further information on the Helping Families in Need Act or assistance with regards to a personal injury claim or personal injury laws, please contact Marc Spivak or one of our Toronto Personal Injury Lawyers.

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