NEWS RELEASE: Private Members’ Bill to move forward upon return of Parliament

September 9, 2020

EDMONTON, AB – The Private Members’ Bill introduced by Edmonton Riverbend Member of Parliament Matt Jeneroux will continue to progress in the House of Commons upon the return of Parliament later this month.

In February, Jeneroux introduced Bill C-220, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (Compassionate Care Leave), which proposes to extend compassionate care leave for federally regulated employees acting as caregivers. The bill had its first reading but stalled due to COVID-19 and the recent prorogation of Parliament.

“I’ve had many people ask me what happens with this bill in a prorogation,” said Jeneroux.

“The good news is the bill still remains in its current form and will not have to be re-introduced. I’m looking forward to continuing to work on Bill C-220 and continuing to advocate for caregivers and their families.”

Currently, federally regulated employees can take leave from their jobs to care for a sick family member or loved one and receive compassionate care benefits. However, this leave ends within days of the death of their loved one, forcing caregivers back to work.

Bill C-220 proposes to extend Compassionate Care Leave for up to three weeks beyond the death of a loved one to allow caregivers time to grieve and take care of practical necessities.

“This bill is important for many families in our community and across the country,” said Jeneroux.

“It is important that we recognize the important role many family members take on as caregivers and ensure that caregivers get the support they need.”