EI Fishing benefits - Overview

Ice Assistance Emergency Program

The Ice Assistance Emergency Program has been developed to reduce the economic hardship faced by fishers in parts of Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Find more information and apply to the fund between now and August 4, 2017 at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website.

1. Overview

Employment Insurance (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 parents of critically ill children benefits.

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