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Employment Insurance (EI)

Employment Insurance provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills.

Canadians who are sick, pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child, as well as those who must care for a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death, may also be assisted by Employment Insurance.

Types of EI

There are several types of benefits available to Canadians, depending on their situation.

Employment Insurance Regular Benefits

Employment Insurance Regular Benefits are available to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal layoffs, or mass layoffs) and who are available for and able to work, but can’t find a job.

Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits

Employment Insurance Maternity and Parental Benefits provide support to individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child, or are caring for a new born.

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits

Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits are for individuals who are unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.

Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits

Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits are available to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.

Employment Insurance Benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children

Employment Insurance Benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children are available to eligible parent s who take leave from work to provide care or support their critically ill or injured child.

Employment Insurance Fishing Benefits

Employment Insurance Fishing Benefits provide support to qualifying, self-employed fishers who are actively seeking work.

Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits Online

Applying for Employment Insurance online will take about 60 minutes.
Helpful tips for applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits online:
Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filling your claim for benefits for more the four weeks after you last day of work, you may lose benefits.

It is important to read all of the following instructions and gather all necessary information before starting your application benefits.

  • For more information on EI, Visit

  • Service Canada Info line: 1 -800- 206-7218