The Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec put their support behind Marie-Hélène Dubé in order to focus the public’s attention onto the awareness campaign launched by this young woman who has had three cancers in recent years. It was she who on January 10, launched a Canada-wide mobilization campaign aimed at encouraging the federal government to amend the provisions of Section 12(3c) of the Employment Insurance Act. Since 1971, under these provisions, persons suffering from a serious illness such as cancer are entitled to a maximum of 15 weeks of Employment Insurance sickness benefits.
 
In solidarity with Ms. Dubé, the Foundation and the Association solicit the support of every one of you to influence the government to take action on this issue and raise awareness of the importance of concerted action. Such a commitment aligns perfectly with the missions of our two organizations. Due to our experience with this clientele, we understand the enormous upheaval that cancer can cause in the daily lives of those it affects. The average estimated length of a cancer treatment program is 52 weeks – for which 15 weeks of benefits provide very meagre financial support. 
 
You can easily show your support to Marie-Hélène Dubé simply by visiting www.15semaines.ca. Fill in the form you find there and an email will automatically be sent to your local Federal Member of Parliament, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development and to the leaders of the Official Oppositions.
 
 

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