Precedent-setting Family Caregiver Leave benefits being considered in Ontario

Bill 21, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), 2013, passed the second reading at the Ontario Legislature on September 25, 2013 and has been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. If passed, the Bill would include three new job-protected leaves:

  • Family Caregiver Leave with up to eight weeks of unpaid leave for employees to provide care to a family member with a serious medical condition
  • Critically Ill Child Care Leave with up to 37 weeks of unpaid leave to provide care to a critically ill child and
  • Crime-Related Child Death and Disappearance Leave with up to 52 weeks of unpaid leave for parents of a missing child and up to 104 weeks for parents of a child who has died as a result of a crime.

Ontarians have been asked to write and submit their reasons for favoring or not favoring Bill 21, Leaves to Help Families. Hearings are scheduled to begin in December.