Jean-Yves Duclos

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Jean-Yves Duclos

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Speech to announce Budget 2017 Employment Insurance benefits


to announce

Budget 2017 Employment Insurance benefits


Richmond Hill, Ontario

September 25, 2018

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(2018 PASRB 000915)


Hello everyone,


I would like to thank Mon Sheong Foundation for hosting us,

and highlight the fact that we are meeting today on the Territories of the Mississaugas of New Credit and the ancestral home of the Huron-Wendat


I am very happy to be here with you today to talk about our continued support for parents and family caregivers.


Rappelons que dans le budget de 2017, nous avons annoncé des mesures spéciales pour faciliter l’accès des parents et des proches aidants aux prestations d’assurance-emploi, afin d’offrir plus de souplesse aux familles.


These measures are now having a real impact on Canadians’ lives.


For example, the creation of the new Employment Insurance benefit for family caregivers of adults.


This new benefit is making a big difference in the lives of many Canadians who work hard, but who must also take care of a loved one.


For a maximum of 15 weeks, it allows eligible family caregivers to provide care for an adult family member who is seriously ill or injured.


I would also like to highlight that for the first time, immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill now have access to a benefit that was previously available only to parents.


Cela va au-delà de la famille immédiate et même de la parenté. Les personnes qui ne font pas partie de la parenté, mais qui sont considérées comme des membres de la famille — par exemple un voisin — pourraient être admissibles à l’indemnité pour s’occuper d’un enfant gravement malade.


Another very important point—which applies to both family caregivers of children and family caregivers of adults—is that in addition to medical specialists, general practitioners and nurse practitioners are now authorized to sign the certificate attesting that the child or adult is critically ill.


This also applies to family caregivers who use Compassionate Care benefits to provide end-of-life care or support to a family member—either an adult or a child.


This change makes the administrative process easier while allowing Canadians to focus on what really matters: being at their loved one’s side.


Pour un grand nombre de parents au pays, il est difficile de concilier le travail et la famille.


Nous voulons les aider.


Since December 3, 2017, parents of a newborn or newly adopted child are able to choose between two parental benefit options.


The first option is to receive parental benefits at the current rate of 55 percent for a period of up to 12 months by combining parental and maternity benefits.


The second option is to receive parental benefits for an extended period of time, at a lower rate corresponding to 33 percent of their average weekly income. Combined parental and maternity benefits could be spread over 18 months.


En outre, les travailleuses enceintes admissibles peuvent maintenant toucher des prestations de maternité au titre du régime d’assurance-emploi pendant un maximum de 12 semaines avant leur date prévue d’accouchement.


This is more flexible than the previous situation, which limited benefits to 8 weeks before the expected delivery date.


Nous écoutons les Canadiens. Leurs préoccupations sont les nôtres. Et nous avons pris des mesures pour améliorer le bien-être de tous.


December 3, 2017 marked the beginning of a new era for Canadian families and I am proud of what we have accomplished.


Our government will continue to work to improve the Employment Insurance program.


Nous pouvons affirmer, sans l’ombre d’un doute, que nous prenons les mesures nécessaires pour soutenir les familles et, par le fait même, la classe moyenne et toutes les personnes qui travaillent fort pour en faire partie.


Every Canadian’s situation is unique, with different family and work needs.


That is why, we will continue to work to make EI benefits more flexible, inclusive and easier to access, we are providing Canadians with more options to better balance their work and life responsibilities.


Family is what matters most. It comes first. And when one’s family is in need, one must be able to take care of it, with peace of mind.