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Can I get Employment Insurance (EI) if my employer reduces my hours of work?

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Can I get Employment Insurance (EI) if my employer reduces my hours of work?
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Can I get Employment Insurance (EI) if my employer reduces my hours of work?
Reviewed: 
May 22, 2020
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The Government of Canada has created a tool to help you figure out which COVID-19 benefits you might qualify for. The tool does not guarantee that you'll be eligible. But it's a good place to start.

Employment Insurance (EI) benefits may be available if your employer reduces your hours of work. Workers are eligible to apply for EI Special Benefits if their weekly income goes down by 40% because they are ill, injured, quarantined, pregnant, or have to care for a child or family member with a serious medical condition.

How much you’ll get on EI depends on:

  • the number of hours you worked in the year before you apply
  • the unemployment rate in the region where you live at the time you apply

Steps to Justice has more information about applying for EI.

Who qualifies for CERB

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is available if you have stopped working because of COVID-19. For more information about applying for the CERB, read the question Who can get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and how do I apply?

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