Being a Caregiver

As a caregiver, you may be eligible for various forms of assistance from the Government of Canada. Service Canada offers the following information to help you prepare for this role.

Apply for Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) provides Compassionate Care Benefits to persons who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.

You can apply for EI benefits online or in person at a Service Canada Centre. You should apply as soon as you stop working, even if you receive or will receive money when you become unemployed.

Self-employed people who register for the EI program may also be eligible to receive compassionate care benefits.

Claim the Caregiver amount on your tax return

You can claim the Caregiver amount tax credit if you lived with a dependent who was one of the following individuals:

  • you or your spouse or common-law partner's child or grandchild; or
  • you or your spouse or common-law partner's brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, parent, or grandparent who resided in Canada;
  • other criteria may apply

Answer a few questions to find out if you can claim the caregiver amount on your tax return.

Take care of yourself while taking care of others

The Self-Care for Caregivers guide from the Public Health Agency of Canada provides you with information about taking care of yourself in a demanding time.

Explore live-in caregiver options

The Live-in Caregiver Program for employers and foreign caregivers allows professional caregivers to work in Canada. Caregivers are individuals who are qualified to work without supervision in a private household providing care for children, elderly persons or people who have disabilities.

Application information for the program is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Web site.

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