Employment Insurance benefits

Includes information about Employment Insurance (EI) temporary benefits for workers, sickness, fishing and family-related benefits as well as how to apply online and submit a report.

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Regular benefits

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

Sickness benefits

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

Maternity and parental benefits

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

Compassionate care benefits

Apply for benefits if you have to be away from work to provide care for a gravely ill family member who is in significant risk of death.

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.

Benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children

Apply for benefits if you are a parent away from work to care for your critically ill or injured child.

Fishing benefits

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

Lost your job

Get information and see tools to help you find available benefits, search for a job or update your skills.

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Employment Insurance (EI) changes 2016

Image illustrating different types of benefits the EI Program offers. From left to right: regulars benefits and special benefits (maternity and parental, compassionate care, sickness and parents of critically ill children).

Improving Employment Insurance (EI) is part of the Government's plan to help the middle class and those seeking to join it.

My Service Canada Account

Provides convenient and secure access to view and update your Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security information online.

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship three year scholarships awards of $50,000 per year helps Canada's universities attract highly qualified doctoral students who have displayed academic excellence, research potential, and leadership.

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