Part 6 – Division 17
Overview: Sickness Benefits

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Division 17 amends the Employment Insurance Act to allow Employment Insurance (EI) claimants in receipt of parents of critically ill children (PCIC) or compassionate care (CCB) benefits to interrupt their claim to access sickness benefits should they become ill or injured and then they can subsequently resume their PCIC or CCB benefits if applicable. It also amends Part III of the Canada Labour Code (CLC)to allow employees to interrupt their compassionate care leave, leave related to critical illness of a child and leave related to death or disappearance of a child to gain access to sick leave or work-related illness and injury leave. This will ensure that federally regulated employees’ jobs are protected if they wish to interrupt and postpone their leave to avail themselves of EI sickness benefits. This change aligns the PCIC and CCB with changes that were made to parental benefits through the Helping Families in Need Act.

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