Compassionate Care Leave

How much compassionate care leave can I take?

An employee can take up to 28 weeks of unpaid leave to provide care and support to a member of the employee's family who has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition carrying with it a significant risk of death within 28 weeks.  Family includes:

  • spouse/common-law spouse
  • child
  • parent
  • brother/sister
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law
  • aunt, uncle, niece, nephew
  • foster parent, ward or guardian
  • or any other person who the employee considers to be like a person described as family

Who can I contact for more information?

Hazel Walsh-Scott (Office Coordinator)
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peters Road, 2nd Floor 
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5550
Toll Free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: (902) 368-5476

This information is meant to serve as a guide only.  The reader is strongly advised to consult the Employment Standards Act to view the legislation.  Where any difference exists between this information and the Act, the Act will be considered correct.
Published date: 
June 6, 2024
Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population

General Inquiries

Labour and Industrial Relations
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: 902-368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: 902-368-5476