Include Animals in Canadian Bereavement Laws

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The current definition of Bereavement Leave in Canada claims:

Employees can take unpaid leave of up to five working days in a row if their spouse, parent, guardian, child / child under their care, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, sister-in-law, or brother-in-law dies. In some companies, the loss of an uncle/aunt, step-parent, or nephew/niece, are added as part of this definition. 

Nowhere in this definition is written the loss of a beloved pet, who for many people, are an important part of their family. It would be like losing a child.
What it comes down to, is that people love their cat(s), dog(s), etc, and your closest friends/family all the same where it counts. It’s just that human relationships have an ebb and flow, ups and downs, positives and negatives. With a pet, it’s never  that complicated. They are, for many people, emotional support and companionship. 

I want to change the law to include adding the loss of a pet as serious as the loss of immediate family members. This would mean that employees would be entitled to have a minimum of three days of bereavement leave (paid or unpaid) with no discrimination by employers. The grief from the death of a pet is grief that's not always supported or understood by society, including employers. 

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Thank you, 

Cheril LeBlanc