Conservatives will introduce changes to parental leave and bereavement leave to help parents who lose a child.
The death of a child is particularly devastating for a parent. However, Canada’s bereavement policies do not recognize this as they treat the death of a child the same as the death of another immediate family member.
Every year, thousands of parents in Canada experience the loss of a child, including from miscarriages or stillbirths.
Canada’s Conservatives will end the stigma around these situations. We will compassionately reform current EI parental leave benefits and bereavement leave.
We will ensure that parents are not abruptly cut off from their EI parental benefits immediately following the death of a child, as is the current practice. We will provide up to eight weeks of paid leave from employment in the event of a child’s death.
To support parents who have experienced the trauma of a stillbirth, we will provide up to eight weeks of paid leave from employment.
To support parents who have experienced the trauma of miscarriage, we will provide paid bereavement leave for three days.
Only Canada’s Conservatives have a plan to support grieving parents
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