EI sickness benefits: Do you qualify

Do you qualify

The information below should be used as a guideline. We encourage you to apply for benefits as soon as possible and let us determine if you're eligible.

You need to demonstrate that:

*As an example, 420 hours are equivalent to 12 weeks of work at 35 hours a week.

While you’re receiving sickness benefits, you must remain otherwise available for work, if it weren’t for your medical condition.

If you had a recent claim

If you received Employment Insurance benefits in the past 52 weeks, you may not be eligible to receive the maximum number of weeks of sickness benefits.

However, if you've worked enough hours since your last claim, you may be able to start a new claim. Contact us to find out what's best for your situation.

Get a medical certificate

You need to get a medical certificate signed by a medical practitioner when you apply for sickness benefits.

You have 2 options. You can ask your medical practitioner to complete and sign one of the following:

Who can complete and sign your medical certificate

Here is a list of medical practitioners who can complete and sign your medical certificate. They must practise in Canada or the United States and the illness they’re treating must be in their field.

Once you have your medical certificate, keep it in a safe place. We’ll let you know if you need to submit it to Service Canada. Keep it for 6 years in case we require it later.

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