EI Regular Benefits - Apply

From Employment and Social Development Canada

5. Apply

Please review the eligibility criteria before starting your application.

To find out if you are eligible to receive EI regular benefits, you must submit an application online. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application.

The website takes you step by step through the application process, and provides detailed instructions on how to complete the form.

If you started a new Employment Insurance (EI) claim within the last 52 weeks and there are still weeks payable on that claim, we will automatically reactivate (renew) your existing claim when you submit your application.

In some cases, it may be to your advantage to cancel or end your old claim and start a new claim, because this may increase the amount of your benefits or the length of your benefit period.

You must decide whether or not to cancel or renew a claim based on your own personal situation.

It is important to consider:

  • If your claim is reactivated and you work after the start of that claim, you may be able to establish a new claim when your existing claim runs out.
  • In order to establish a new claim you must have enough insurable hours and meet the qualifying conditions for a new claim.
  • If a new claim is established instead of reactivating your existing claim, the remaining weeks payable on the existing claim will be lost.
  • Additionally, a one-week unpaid waiting period must be served on a new claim before you are entitled to receive payment.

Visit My Service Canada Account for more information about your previous claim.

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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