When Canadians are faced with job loss or life events, programs are in place to support them, including Employment Insurance (EI). A reliable employment insurance system is vital to ensuring Canadians can get back on their feet during difficult times and that our economy can recover from downturns. That’s why in 2015 we committed to improving access to EI: so that Canadians can get the help they need when they need it most.
To make EI more accessible, we have:
- Reduced the waiting period for EI benefits from two weeks to one week.
- Provided more flexibility in parental and maternity benefits and leaves.
- Extended the current EI Working While on Claim pilot project until August 2018.
- Simplified rules to make it less difficult for people to qualify for EI.
- Extended EI Work-Sharing agreements from a maximum of 38 weeks to 76 weeks across Canada.
- Invested $92 million over two years to meet increased demands for claims processing.
- Improved access to services for Canadians from EI call centres.
To find out which benefits you are eligible for, use the Benefits Finder online at the Service Canada website.