Disability Benefits and Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
As a person living with CF you may need to be off work for periods of time for treatment or hospitalization.
For some people living with CF there may come a time when it is necessary to stop working completely in order to focus on health, rest, and CF treatments. It is important to know that there are a variety of benefits available that provide either short term or long term support if you are unable to work because of your health.
Remember, a diagnosis of CF does not automatically mean you qualify for any of these benefits. You will qualify based on symptoms and/or treatments that are severe enough to interfere with your daily activities either periodically or all the time.
Note: Many benefit and vocational support programs use the term "disability" to indicate supports and resources for people living with chronic conditions such as CF. Not everyone relates to this term or is comfortable with it. However, these programs and services can be very helpful to people living with CF and it is important to be aware of them and use them when you need to.