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

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.

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. If you apply between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021 you can get EI for up to 50 weeks.

End of the CERB

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ended December 2, 2020. It was introduced in March 2020 to give money to people who stopped working because of COVID-19.

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