Employment Insurance benefits and leave
Employment Insurance benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.
If you’ve exhausted your Employment Insurance benefits
If you’ve exhausted your Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and are no longer eligible for EI, you may be eligible for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) if you meet the eligibility criteria (see Who can apply: CRB). However, if you worked while on your EI claim, you may be able to establish a new EI claim. To determine your EI eligibility, you should make an EI claim before applying for the CRB (see EI regular benefits: Apply).
Services and information
Apply for benefits if you have lost your job through no fault of your own.
Apply if you are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine.
Apply if you’re pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child or are caring for a newborn.
Apply if you are providing care or support to a critically ill or injured person or someone needing end-of-life care.
Register and apply for special benefits if you are self-employed.
If you work or live outside of Canada, get information on Employment Insurance, pensions, benefits and taxes.
Apply for benefits if you are a self-employed fisher who is actively seeking work.
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.
Information for employers about records of employment, managing premiums, obtaining EI premium reduction, supplementing benefits and other resources.
What we are doing
Laws and regulations
- Employment Insurance and Fraud
- Employment Insurance - Digest of Benefit Entitlement Principles
- Employment Insurance Service Quality Review Report: Making Citizens Central
- Summary of the Actuarial Report on the Employment Insurance Premium Rate
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