One Of The Most Restrictive Insurance Plans

One of the most restrictive insurance plans here in Canada is the Employment Insurance plan run by our federal government.

The plan covers maternity leave.

A woman on maternity leave who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer has been denied additional sickness benefits despite Ottawa’s pledge to ensure new mothers who become seriously ill can access the benefit.

When her doctor told her she would need six weeks to recover from the August surgery, the new mom contacted her Employment Insurance office to apply for sickness benefits. But the office told her that since she was on maternity leave and not available for work, she was not eligible for the benefit.

This, despite a precedent setting case where a judge ruled in the favour of another women with a similar situation.

What was really cool is that her member of parliament is none other than Canada’s Prime Minister.

Read more details about this case at The Toronto Star.

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