Compassionate Care Benefits

Compassionate care benefits are Employment Insurance (EI) benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death. A maximum of 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people.

What is “care or support”?

  • providing psychological or emotional support; or
  • arranging for care by a third party; or
  • directly providing or participating in the care.

Who is considered a family member?

You can receive compassionate care benefits for a variety of family members-both yours and those of your spouse or common-law partner. Please visit for a full listing and more information.