Trudeau offers better support for caregivers and growth for the middle class

VICTORIA – Today, the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, announced his latest commitment to invest in economic security and growth for the middle class by giving Canadians greater access to benefits when caring for a seriously ill family member.

“Caring for each other is an essential part of what it means to be Canadian,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Right now, Canadians only qualify for compassionate care benefits if the person requiring care is at risk of dying within a six-month period. Too many Canadians are forced to leave their jobs and drain their savings to provide essential care to ailing loved ones. Not only is this unfair, but it hurts our economy. We need caregivers working over the long-term and helping us grow the economy for the middle class.”

That is why – in addition to cutting taxes for the middle class and creating a larger Canada Child Benefit – a Liberal government will make Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits available to any Canadian providing care to a seriously ill family member. Liberals will also build more flexibility into the program by allowing the six-month benefit to be claimed in blocks of time over a year-long period. The benefit is an investment of $190 million per year and will require no increase to Employment Insurance premiums.

“We know that too many Canadians shoulder the responsibility of caregiving, and a Liberal government is committed to making a real difference for those who need it most,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Liberals will provide caregivers with the financial support and job security they need during these especially difficult times. We will continue to stand up for Canadian families.”

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