Additional Employment Insurance regular benefits for seasonal workers in affected regions

Seasonal workers are an important part of Canada’s growing economy. To better support them, the Government of Canada has implemented a new pilot project to provide up to 5 additional weeks of Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits to eligible seasonal workers in 13 targeted EI economic regions.

The 13 regions are:

  1. Bas-Saint-Laurent–Côte-Nord
  2. Central Québec
  3. Charlottetown
  4. Chicoutimi-Jonquiere
  5. Eastern Nova Scotia
  6. Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  7. Madawaska–Charlotte
  1. Newfoundland / Labrador (excludes capital)
  2. North Western Québec
  3. Prince Edward Island (excludes capital)
  4. Restigouche-Albert
  5. Western Nova Scotia
  6. Yukon (excludes capital)

If you are a worker in a seasonal industry who establishes an EI claim on or between August 5, 2018, and October 30, 2021, in 1 of the 13 economic regions above, you will be considered eligible for 5 additional weeks of benefits if you meet both of the following criteria:

  1. in the previous 5 years, you had at least 3 EI claims in which you received regular or fishing benefits, and
  2. at least 2 of those EI claims started around the same time of year

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