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e-3369 (Employment and labour)

Initiated by Amanda Selmser from Cochrane, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Grieving parents deserve to have their government stand shoulder to shoulder with them when they require support;
  • Families facing loss from miscarriage, still birth, or the loss of an infant child, can face grief as well as physical and mental health issues, which can take time to heal;
  • The seven recommendations of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) report entitled Supporting Families After the Loss of a Child are a path forward for ensuring that grieving parents do not have to endure further hardship or suffer any undue financial or emotional distress as a result of the design of government programming;
  • Well over two years has passed since the HUMA report was tabled, and no concrete action has been taken by the government; and
  • New Zealand parliament has already taken action - unanimously passing legislation with all-party support – to provide paid bereavement leave for all couples, including for surrogacy following a miscarriage or still birth.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to immediately enact the seven recommendations of the Supporting Families After the Loss of a Child report, including creating a new bereavement leave for parents grieving the death of a child and also take action like New Zealand parliament to provide paid leave, inclusive of all family makeups following a miscarriage or still birth.
Open for signature
May 3, 2021, at 5:31 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 2, 2021, at 5:31 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Blake Richards
Conservative Caucus
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