Details of the Government of Canada's plans to transition to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program.
As we safely restart Canada’s economy, the Government of Canada will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27th, 2020, to provide income support to those who remain unable to work and are eligible.
If you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.
As of September 27th, 2020 you may be eligible for EI if you:
- Were employed for at least 120 insurable hours in the past 52 weeks
- Received the CERB, the 52 week period to accumulate insured hours will be extended
- Stopped working through no fault of your own
- Have not quit your job voluntarily
- Are ready, willing and capable of working each day (EI regular benefits)
- Are temporarily unable to work while you care for someone else or yourself (EI maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care, and family caregiver benefits)
What if I am not eligible for EI?
If you are not eligible for EI, you may be eligible for these new benefits:
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)