Nearly half of Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime and 62% are expected to survive for 5 years or more. The treatment for critical illnesses such as cancer often takes longer than 15 weeks, and the current level of Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits of 15 weeks for eligible claimants is wholly insufficient. However, cancer treatment regimen involving multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can span upwards of a year, and the Canadian Cancer Action Network noted in a recent report that two thirds of cancer survivors in a study were away from work for 16 weeks or more during treatment and the average gap without EI coverage was 23 weeks.
Without Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits for support in such situations, Canadians are forced to suffer significant financial hardship at a time when they are already under extreme stress battling cancer or other critical illnesses. Canadians should not have to go into debt or become dependent on welfare because of a cancer diagnosis.
Help Elizabeth extend Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.
444 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.
Your petitioners call on the House of Commons to support Canadians battling cancer and other critical illnesses by immediately enacting legislation to extend Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits for up to 52 weeks during Canadians’ times of need.