EI fishing benefits - Apply
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.
Changes to support you during COVID-19
Temporary changes have been made to the EI program to help you access EI fishing benefits. The following changes are in effect until September 25, 2021, and could apply to you:
- the waiting period may be waived
- a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% applies to all regions across Canada
- you only need $2,500 in earnings to qualify for regular fishing or special benefits
- we'll establish your claim using the highest earnings from either your current claim or the earnings from 1 of your last 2 fishing claims for the same season, even if you didn't fish this year
- you'll receive at least $500 per week before taxes but you could receive more
If you were notified that you don't have enough earnings to receive benefits, contact us to request a review of your claim considering these temporary changes.
Sections on this page impacted by these temporary changes are flagged as Temporary COVID-19 relief.
To apply for EI fishing benefits, you must submit an application online. The website takes you step by step through the application process, and provides details on how to complete the form.
You should apply no later than 4 weeks after:
- your last day of work
- the end date of your fishing trip, or
- the date you sold your catch to a buyer
You may lose benefits if you are late applying for benefits.
You must also provide copies of all Records of Employment (ROEs) in paper format you have received from buyers of your catch or from employers you have worked in insurable employment during the last 52 weeks or since your last claim. If buyers or employers submit ROEs electronically to Service Canada, you do not have to provide copies to Service Canada.
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