We made temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to better support Canadians looking for work. You may be eligible for EI if you: 

  • Were employed for at least 120 insurable hours in the past 52 weeks  
  • Received CERB, the 52-week period to accumulate insured hours will be extended  
  • Stopped working through no fault of your own  
  • Have not quit your job voluntarily  
  • Are ready, willing and capable of working each day (EI regular benefits)  
  • Are temporarily unable to work while you care for someone else or yourself  

If you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.  

If you are not eligible for EI, you may be eligible for the new benefits found below.  


The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance.  


We are covering a portion of employee’s wages for eligible employers. The wage supports you to keep and re-hire your employees and avoid layoffs.  

Pending the passage of legislation. The wage subsidy would remain at the current subsidy rate of up to a maximum of 65% of eligible wages until December 19th, 2020, and would be extended until June 2021