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.

Services and information

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.

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.

What we are doing


Employment Insurance Improvements

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Recent changes made to Employment Insurance in order to make it more flexible, inclusive and easier to access.

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.

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