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Employment Insurance

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You may be eligible for new EI measures created to extend the eligibility period for Employment Insurance parental benefits for Military Families. See What’s new for more information.

Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.

Canadians who are sick, pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, may also be assisted by Employment Insurance.

Types of Employment Insurance benefits
There are several types of benefits available to Canadians, depending on their situation.

Applying for EI

Apply in person at your local Service Canada Centre.

Reactivate a claim that has been filed within the last 52 weeks.

Online services

Apply for direct deposit and have your EI payments deposited directly to your bank account.

Submit your EI reports online that demonstrate your continuing entitlement using the Internet Reporting Service.

Access all your EI information, including electronic Records of Employment and T4E tax slips, in one place through My Service Canada Account.

  1. Employment Insurance Regular Benefits
    are available to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal layoffs, or mass layoffs) and who are available for and able to work, but can’t find a job.
  2. Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits
    provide support to individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child, or are caring for a newborn.
  3. Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits
    are for individuals who are unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.
  4. Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits
    are available to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.
  5. Employment Insurance Fishing Benefits
    provide support to qualifying, self-employed fishers who are actively seeking work.

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