Can I get EI if I work for an app-based company like Uber?

Employment Insurance (EI) is for employees who pay EI premiums from their paycheques.

App-based companies, like those for ride-sharing and food delivery, often say that their workers are independent contractors, and not employees. This means that most of these workers do not pay into EI so they cannot get EI benefits.

But since you're technically “self-employed”, you and other app-based workers qualified for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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.

New Canada Recovery Benefits

Starting on September 27, 2020, the government has introduced new benefits for people who don't qualify for EI. The Canada Recovery Benefit is designed for people who lose work because of COVID-19, but who don't qualify for EI. So for example, independent contractors.

There are also new benefits for people who don't qualify for EI and have to take time off work to care for family members, as well as a benefit for people who get COVID-19 or who have to self-isolate.

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