EI fishing benefits - Overview

What these benefits offer

End of temporary changes

Starting September 25, 2022, the temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to help Canadians access benefits during COVID-19 will no longer be in effect. To learn how these changes affect EI fishing benefits, visit EI fishing benefits: Do you qualify.

EI provides fishing benefits to qualifying, self-employed fishersFootnote 1 who are actively seeking work. Unlike regular EI benefits, eligibility for EI fishing benefits is based on earnings, not insurable hours of employment.

Fishers may be eligible to receive regular fishing benefits as well as sickness, maternity, parental, compassionate care and/or family caregiver benefits.

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