EI sickness benefits: What these benefits offer

What these benefits offer

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide you with up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you can't work for medical reasons. You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $595 a week.


If your claim starts between September 26, 2021 and November 20, 2021, you’ll receive at least $300 per week before taxes, but you could receive more.

You must get a medical certificate to show that you’re unable to work for medical reasons. Medical reasons include illness, injury, quarantine or any medical condition that prevents you from working.

Find out if you have employer-paid sick leave

Some employers provide their own paid sick leave or short-term disability plan. Before you apply for EI sickness benefits, check with your employer to find out if they have a plan in place.

If you have a long term or permanent disability

If your medical condition is expected to be long-term or permanent, you may be eligible for other benefits such as:

If you get sick or require bed rest during pregnancy

If you have health complications during pregnancy, you could be eligible for sickness benefits or maternity benefits. You must meet the conditions for each benefit.

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