Applying for Employment Insurance benefits online
There is a waiting period during which no benefits can be paid. As a result of legislative changes effective January 1st, 2017, the waiting period will be one week for claims starting on that date or later. For claims starting prior to January 1st, 2017, the waiting period will remain at two weeks.
This change will not have an effect on the maximum number of weeks of regular or special benefits you may receive, as the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits is not changing. Furthermore, the measure will not change the timelines to process your claim or receive your first payment. The 28 day target timeframe remains.
For claims starting January 1st 2017 or later, separate payments will be issued for each payable week. If you are payable for both weeks of a two week period, you will receive two separate payments at the same time. If your claim started before January 1st 2017, there is no change in the way your payments will be issued.
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Please review the eligibility criteria before starting your application.
It takes about 60 minutes to complete the Employment Insurance application online.
Read the following Privacy Notice Statement before you access the "Start application" located at the bottom of this page.
Helpful tips for applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits online:
- Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.
- If you have questions as you complete the application online, please consult the help instructions of each page of the application.
Privacy Notice Statement
The information you provide is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act to determine your eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits (including the Family Supplement), employment benefits, employment services, and training.
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act and in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat Directive on the SIN, which lists the Employment Insurance program as an authorized user of the SIN. The SIN will be used as a file identifier to determine your eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits (including the Family Supplement), employment benefits, employment services, and training.
Since your privacy is important to us, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) confirms your identity by comparing the information you submit to the information contained in your Social Insurance Number record.
Completion of the EI application for benefits online is voluntary; however, failure to complete this application will result in your not being considered for the aforementioned benefits.
For those applying for Employment Insurance (EI) self-employment benefits, information may be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the administration of the Income Tax Act. The CRA may provide information concerning your net self-employment earnings with the income information for the current year and two prior calendar years (strictly for individuals identified by ESDC), in order to allow ESDC to determine or verify the individual's entitlement; to validate the income information declared on the claim; and to determine or amend the EI weekly benefit rate.
The information may also be shared with your provincial or territorial government and its authorized third-party service providers for the administration of employment benefits and support measures, including training, provided in accordance with a Labour Market Development Agreement.
The Information may also be shared with the Province of Quebec for the administration of the Employment Insurance Act respecting parental insurance.
The information you provide may be used or disclosed for policy analysis, research, and/or evaluation purposes. In order to conduct these activities, various sources of information under the custody and control of ESDC may be linked. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.
Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Employment Insurance Act and the Privacy Act. You have the right to the protection of, and access to, your personal information. It will be retained in the Personal Information Bank(s) "ESDC-PPU-150", "Insurance Claim File-Local Office,"ESDC-PPU-293", "Employment Benefits and Support Measures" and/or ESDC-PPU-323 "Registration for the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People" and will be used and disclosed in accordance with the conditions listed therein and retained for the period of time required by the Employment Insurance Act.
Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source. Info Source may also be accessed online at any Service Canada Centre.
By starting this application, you consent to the terms of the above privacy notice statement.
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