Can I get time off work for a family sickness or other crisis?

5. Find out about other leaves

If you had to care for someone with COVID-19 before May 8, 2022, you might qualify for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit. It gives $500 per week for up to 44 weeks. Read Who can get the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB)? for more information.

There are some other leaves that people can get if they're covered by the (ESA).

Organ donor leave

You might be able to get organ donor leave if:

  • you're having surgery so you can donate an organ
  • you've worked for your employer for at least 13 weeks

You can take up to 13 weeks of organ donor leave. And you may be able to get up to 13 more weeks if you have a medical certificate that says how much more time off you need before you can go back to work.

You might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits for up to 15 weeks. You might also be able to get money from the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD).

Reservist leave

Reservist leave is for members of the Canadian army reserve forces when they're away helping with an emergency.

For example, this could be a search and rescue operation or dealing with an event like a flood or ice storm.

The leave can be for as long as the army is helping out with the emergency.

To get reservist leave, you must have worked for your employer for at least 6 months in a row.

You must tell your employer in writing when the leave will begin and end.

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