Additional Employment Insurance regular benefits for unemployed workers in affected regions

If you have established an Employment Insurance claim on or between January 4, 2015 and July 8, 2017 in one of the 15 economic regions identified for extended benefits and have received at least one week of regular benefits, you may be eligible for five additional weeks of benefits and up to a further 20 weeks of benefits for long tenured workers.

Additional EI regular benefits for unemployed workers in affected regions: do you qualify?

For more information, please visit the web page. You may also contact the Service Canada EI website or call 1-800-206-7218 (TTY: 1-800-529-3742).

Dramatic declines in global commodity prices since late 2014 have produced sharp and sustained unemployment shocks in commodity-based regions. In response, through Budget 2016, the Government made temporary legislative changes to extend the duration of EI regular benefits by 5 weeks, up to a maximum of 50 weeks of benefits, for all eligible claimants in the 15 EI economic regions that have experienced the sharpest and most severe increases in unemployment. This measure will ensure that EI claimants in these 15 regions have the financial support they need while they search for work.

The Government also made legislative changes to offer up to an additional 20 weeks of EI regular benefits to long-tenured workers in the same 15 EI economic regions, up to a maximum of 70 weeks of benefits. This measure will ensure that long-tenured workers, who may have spent years working in one industry or for one employer, have the financial support they need while they search for work, possibly in an entirely different industry and/or acquire the skills necessary to change career.

These benefits apply to anyone who started a claim for regular EI benefits on or between January 4, 2015 and July 8, 2017, and is still unemployed.

The fifteen hardest-hit economic regions have been identified. They are:

  • Edmonton;
  • Southern Saskatchewan;
  • Southern Interior British Columbia;
  • Northern Alberta;
  • Nunavut;
  • Whitehorse;
  • Newfoundland/Labrador;
  • Sudbury;
  • Northern Manitoba;
  • Northern Saskatchewan;
  • Calgary;
  • Southern Alberta;
  • Northern British Columbia;
  • Northern Ontario; and
  • Saskatoon.

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