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Are there benefits that I can get while I am on leave?

If you are on family medical leave, you might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) compassionate care benefits for up to 26 weeks.

If you are on critical illness leave, you might be able to get benefits from Employment Insurance (EI). The Family Caregiver benefit for adults can be up to 15 weeks and the Family Caregiver benefit for children can be up to 35 weeks.

If you are on child death leave or crime-related child disappearance leave, you might be able to get the Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime for up to 35 weeks.

If you are on organ donor leave, you might be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits for up to 15 weeks. You might also be able to get benefits from the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD). This program is run by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. To find out more, check the Trillium Gift of Life Network website at www.giftoflife.on.ca. Or call 1-888-9-PRELOD or 416-619-2342.

For more information about EI and other federal benefits, contact a Service Canada Centre or a community legal clinic. To find the Service Canada Centre for your area call 1-800-622-6232. Or you can check the Service Canada website at www.canada.ca. To find out how to contact a community legal clinic, see Where can I find out more and get legal help?

The ESA also gives pregnancy and parenting leaves to workers who qualify. For more information about this, see our resource called Taking time off work: For new and expecting parents.