Employment Insurance benefits and leave

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, how to apply and how to submit a report.

COVID-19

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

Consult the changes for employers – Record of employment (ROE)

Recovery of Employment Insurance debts

If you have an outstanding Employment Insurance debt, effective March 21, 2022, your EI payments may be reduced to recover this debt. Details about your debt can be found on your notice of debt and monthly statement of accounts. To set up a payment arrangement, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1-866-864-5823.

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

Get information on the self-employed program and find out how to register.

Benefits for Canadians living abroad

If you live or work 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.

Employment Insurance information for employers

Employers’ EI responsibilities, records of employment and instructions on completing the ROE form during COVID-19, EI premiums and other resources.

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