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:

  • you're unable to work for medical reasons
  • your regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40% for at least 1 week
  • until September 24, 2022: you accumulated 420 insured hours* of work in the 52 weeks before the start of your claim or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter Temporary

*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

To receive sickness benefits, you’ll need to get a medical certificate showing that you’re unable to work for medical reasons. For information on medical certificates, visit Information on medical certificates and practitioners.

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