Feds consider new leave options

Workers could get time off to care for dying loved ones
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/22/2002

The federal government is considering legislation, similar to parental leave rules, that would allow people to take extended time off work to care for sick or dying loved ones.

The government caught many off guard when it announced its intention in this month’s speech from the throne.

“The government will also modify existing programs to ensure that Canadians can provide compassionate care for a gravely ill or dying child, parent or spouse without putting their jobs or income at risk,” said Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in presenting the government’s agenda, Oct. 1.