If you have paid Canadian Employment Insurance (EI) premiums and lose your job in Canada, you can apply for Employment Insurance benefits.
Different types of Employment Insurance benefits are available:
- Regular Employment Insurance benefits - For those who lose a job through no fault of their own, are able to work and are available for work. You must have worked a certain number of insurable hours, normally from 420 to 700, over a qualifying period, usually the previous 52 weeks. The number of insurable hours required depends on where you live in Canada and the unemployment rate for that region.
- Maternity and parental benefits - For those who are pregnant, or caring for a newborn or adopted child.
- Sickness benefits - For those who can't work because they are ill, injured or in quarantine.
- Compassionate care benefits - For those who must miss work to care for a dying relative.
- Fishing benefits - For those self-employed in fishing.