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Can I apply for Employment Insurance (EI) if I’m in quarantine?

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Can I apply for Employment Insurance (EI) if I’m in quarantine?
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Can I apply for Employment Insurance (EI) if I’m in quarantine?
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September 28, 2020
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You can qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits if you have to quarantine or self-isolate. Read more in I am too sick to work. Can I get EI?

Usually, you need a medical certificate to get sickness benefits. But during COVID-19, you don't need to get one.

COVID-19 Benefits
COVID-19 EI Benefits

Learn about new EI rules during COVID-19

Hours you need to qualify

If you're applying for EI special benefits, such as sickness or parental benefits, you normally need to have worked 600 insurable hours in the last 52 weeks.

As of August 9, 2020, the government changed this to give everyone 480 bonus hours. This means that you only need to have worked 120 insurable hours in the past 52 weeks to qualify. 

Amount you can get

EI sickness benefits give people only 55% of their normal weekly earnings, up to a maximum of $573 a week. But during COVID-19, everyone will get at least $500 a week for 26 weeks.

End of the CERB

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ends October 3, 2020.

But the CERB is still available for any time you could not work between March 15, 2020, and October 3, 2020. You can apply for money to cover this time period until December 2, 2020.

Read more in Who can get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and how do I apply?

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