Employment Insurance Resources

What we know as of April 9, 2020…

The impacts of COVID-19 are being felt by many across Canada. Below is a summary of information and resources pertaining to employment insurance (EI).

IMPORTANT:  Both federal and provincial EI benefits continue to change and as such we will update these resources as we receive more information.

 

Current Federal EI Benefit Program

*NEW* The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now available for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • This new benefit provides $500 per week for up to 16 weeks.
  • Anyone applying for EI benefits (Sickness or Regular) will automatically receive the CERB payment for the first 16 weeks of their unemployment.

How to apply…

Sickness Benefit
What we know…

  • Provides up to 15 weeks of coverage of up to $573 per week
  • To qualify you have to have worked 600 hours in the last 52 week

What’s new…

  • Contracting COVID-19 and/or being placed in voluntary quarantine now constitutes as an illness
  • The doctor’s note requirement has been waived
  • The one week wait period for benefits to begin has been waived

How to apply…

EI Benefits Due to Job Loss
What we know…

  • Provides up to 45 weeks of coverage of up to $573 per week
  • The one week wait period for benefits still applies
  • To qualify you have to have worked between 420 and 700 hours in the last 52 weeks OR since the start of your last EI claim (whichever is shorter)

How to apply…

 

Current Provincial EI Benefit Program

Some provinces have announced additional support for those impacted by COVID-19. Here is what we know as of March 23, 2020:

  • Quebec:  A Temporary Assistance Workers Program is available to eligible workers and independent contractors who are required to be isolated. It is available to workers who are not receiving compensation from their employer, do not have private insurance and are not covered by another government program (i.e. employment insurance). The benefit provides $573 per week for up to 14 weeks. More information including how to apply can be found here.
  • British Columbia:  An emergency benefit will be available to all residents of British Columbia who are not able to work as a result of COVID-19. The benefit includes a one-time, tax-free payment of $1,000. This is in addition to the Federal EI benefits residents qualify for. Applications will open soon with payments to be released in May 2020.
  • Ontario:  Residents of Ontario are now able to apply for a one-time child benefit payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children enrolled in private schools. More information including how to apply can be found here.