Opinion: New family care policies provide more flexibility, but for whom?

It is unclear if these newly announced federal policies will solve the family care problems they were meant to address, especially when it comes to parental leave.

 
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Last week, Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced new family care policies designed to increase flexibility for people needing to care for children and other family members. The new policies increase parental leave from 12 to 18 months and offer caregiver benefits of 15 weeks for sick or injured adult members of families and 35 weeks for sick or injured children.