Serious illness + income support

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PAOV — “These people are fighting for their lives, they shouldn't need to worry about their finances too.” When Canadians get sick, the government provides only 15 weeks of support. Beyond that, those who are ill, and their families, are left to manage extra costs and shrinking incomes on their own. Nancy is experiencing this first hand right now, after her husband was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She’s calling on the government to increase its sick leave provision, specifically for serious illnesses. If you agree, add your name.

Petitioning Patty Hajdu, Justin Trudeau Patty Hajdu: Increase Sick Benefits in Canada

Petition by Nancy Waite
Hamilton, Canada

910
Supporters

Sign now with a click Currently in Canada, our government supports new parents with up to 18 months of parental leave when they have a baby. That’s Employment Insurance that can be taken by the mother or split between both parents. We are fortunate to live in such a progressive society! However, when we get sick, our government will only support us for a maximum of 15 weeks.

It’s something many people don’t realize until they need it. I discovered our system’s shortcomings when my husband of 24 years was recently diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. He doesn’t have income coverage through work, so we’re now left in a position of trying to maintain work schedules while juggling treatment, extra costs and shrinking incomes.

We wanted to be together until we were having wheelchair races in our nursing home, but now we’re stuck planning for an uncertain future with this added stress.

We aren’t the only ones experiencing this. Our workforce is changing; many people work shorter contracts, moving frequently from job to job, often without benefits.

Our government needs to increase the sick leave provision, specifically on serious illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and other serious diagnoses. These people are fighting for their lives, they shouldn't need to worry about their finances too. Sign now with a click Visit petition page
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