How much is Employment Insurance (EI)?
Usually, you get 55% of your previous income, up to a maximum of $501 per week.
Employment Insurance (EI) payments are taxable, which means that the government will take taxes from your payment. Find detailed information about how the government calculates your EI payments.
If you are from a low-income family, you may qualify for more. Find more information about how you may get more from the family supplement.
How long do I get Employment Insurance (EI) for?
You can get regular benefits for 14-45 weeks. For special benefits, the time period depends on the type of benefit.
The amount of time you can get benefits depends on the unemployment rate in your region and how long you have worked in the last 52 weeks or since your last claim, whichever is shorter.
When you get regular benefits, you have the responsibility to:
- Be willing and able to work;
- Look for work;
- Go to your EI appointments;
- Report all the money you earn while you are getting EI;
- Report all the work you do while on EI (even if you haven't been paid yet); and
- Report if you will be out of your city or outside of Canada.
The maximum time that you can get special benefits depends on the type of benefit:
- Maternity and parental benefits: 15 weeks maximum
- Parental benefits: 35 weeks maximum
- Sickness benefits: 15 weeks maximum
- Compassionate care benefits: 6 weeks maximum
You may be able to combine some types of benefits to extend the period of time that you can collect benefits. Also, there are some restrictions about when the period can start and end.
Find detailed information about special benefits.
For More Information
- Employment Insurance (EI) - Official information about EI. From Service Canada.
- EI Regular benefits - Describes what the regular benefits are, who is eligible and how to apply. From Service Canada.
- EI Special benefits - Describes maternity, parental and sickness benefits, who is eligible and how to apply. From Service Canada.
- Employment Insurance Online Application - Explains how to apply for EI online. From Service Canada.
- Employment Insurance - This booklet has clear language information about Employment Insurance. From CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario).