Employment Insurance benefits and leave

Employment Insurance benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.


Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.

Services and information

Regular benefits

Apply for benefits if you have lost your job through no fault of your own.

Sickness benefits

Apply if you are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine.

Maternity and parental benefits

Apply if you’re pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child or are caring for a newborn.

Caregiving benefits and leave

Apply if you are providing care or support to a critically ill or injured person or someone needing end-of-life care.

Benefits for the self-employed

Register and apply for special benefits if you are self-employed.

Benefits for Canadians living abroad

If you work or live outside of Canada, get information on Employment Insurance, pensions, benefits and taxes.

Fishing benefits

Apply for benefits if you are a self-employed fisher who is actively seeking work.

Find a job

Find public and private sector job opportunities if you lost your job, apply or extend a work permit, get a Social Insurance Number, a criminal record check or a security clearance.

EI – information for employers

Information for employers about records of employment, managing premiums, obtaining EI premium reduction, supplementing benefits and other resources.

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