EI regular benefits: 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.
When you apply for Employment Insurance benefits, you will be asked for your email address. If Service Canada needs more information about your claim and cannot reach you by phone, a Service Canada agent will send you a toll-free number by email, asking you to call an agent.
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.
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