EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (EI) 

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.  

CANADA RECOVERY BENEFIT (CRB) 

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.  

CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY (CEWS) 

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