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08/03/2015 - 13:00
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) wishes to advise pedestrians and cyclists that the pedestrian boardwalk on the Alexandra Bridge will be reduced periodically from Monday, August 3, to Wednesday, August 5, 2015, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
08/03/2015 - 08:00
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the legal requirements regarding the Voter Contact Registry are now in effect. As such, the CRTC is accepting registrations for the federal election, which is taking place from August 2, 2015 to October 19, 2015.
08/01/2015 - 16:06
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world's poorest countries.
08/01/2015 - 15:30
David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay – Columbia was joined today by Greg Kyllo, British Columbia Member of the Legislative Assembly for Shuswap, to jointly announce funding for the upgrade and expansion of Highway 1 near Revelstoke that will increase safety for all drivers and improve the efficiency of this important regional and trans-provincial route.

Parents with critically ill children to be eligible for EI

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Chilliwack- Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack Fraser-Canyon announced the Government's intention to move forward with a new Employment Insurance (EI) special benefit for parents to take time off work to care for their critically ill or injured children.

"It's a recognition of both the emotional and financial burdens faced by parents in dealing with a sick child and will help them cope with one of the most difficult challenges any parent will face," said Strahl.

Parents who must take time off work to care for a child who has a life-threatening illness or injury would be able to apply for up to 35 weeks of this new EI special benefit.

The special benefit is part of the Government of Canada's continued action to help parents balance work and family responsibilities. Other EI measures include: expanding eligibility for compassionate care benefits; allowing self-employed workers to opt into the EI program to receive maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, as well as this new special benefit; and improving access to EI parental benefits for military and foster families.

The new EI special benefit for parents of critically ill children is expected to be available in June 2013 and will help an estimated 6 000 families per year.

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