Digest of Benefit Entitlement Principles Chapter 15 - Section 6
15.6.0 Earnings to be deducted from benefits
Fishers must report any earnings received, be it fishing or non-fishing income, while they are collecting benefits Footnote 1 .
Earnings received from self-employment fishing are allocated equally to each day of the trip or, in the case of a cured catch, to the week of delivery. The amount to be deducted is the same amount as the amount determined under the insurability rules of the EI (Fishing) Regulations Footnote 2 .
Earnings from employment other than fishing, including employment in fishing under a contract of service, are determined and allocated pursuant to EI Regulations Footnote 3 .
As in the case of non-fishing claimants, any earnings received while in receipt of EI benefits must be declared and will be deducted from benefits at a rate of 50 cents of EI benefits for every dollar earned or received while on claim, up to a maximum of 90 percent of the weekly earnings used to establish their EI benefit rate. Any earnings above this threshold are deducted dollar for dollar from benefits [EI Act 19(2)].
When it is determined that earnings were earned but not declared during the benefit period, the provisions with respect to undeclared earnings Footnote 4 apply. However, the period referred to in this provision of the Act is the period in respect of which earnings are allocated under fishing regulations. Therefore, undeclared earnings in self-employment fishing are allocated according to the regular provisions of the EI (Fishing) Regulations Footnote 5 .
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