Critically-ill adult leave is an unpaid, job protected leave of up to 17 weeks to care for an adult family member who is critically ill or injured.
An employee must have worked with the employer for at least 13 weeks to be eligible for this leave. Written notice must be provided to the employer as soon as possible before the leave begins. The employee must also notify the employer as soon as possible on their return date.
The employer can request a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner. The medical certificate needs to confirm that the family member is ill and needs their assistance.
Upon returning, an employee is entitled to return to the same job if the employment leave is for 60 days or less. If the leave is longer than 60 days, the employee can be reinstated to a comparable job. The employee must receive at least the same wage and benefits as before the leave.
For more information about eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits and the definition of who is considered a family member, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.