Regular Income Benefits

Learn about programs that offer financial help

Reviewed: December, 2021

Who’s eligible Amount and where to apply  Notes
Employment
Insurance (EI)
regular
benefits
  • worked at least 420 insurable hours (*1)
    during the qualifying period (*2)
  • lost your job but not your fault
  • without work or income for at least 7 days in a row
  •  ready, willing, and able to work
  • actively looking for work
  • • 55% of your normal salary, up to $595 a
    week (*3)
  • lasts up to 45 weeks depending on the hours you worked and the rate of unemployment in your region
  • apply online

 

  • (*1)This change is expected to last until September 24, 2022.
  • (*2) This is usually the 52 weeks before your claim.
  • (*3) The maximum amount increases from $595 a week to $638 a week January 1,
    2022.
EI sickness
benefits
  • worked at least 420 insurable hours during the qualifying period
  • your weekly earnings went down by more than 40%
  • unable to work because you’re sick, injured, or in quarantine (*4) but you could work if you were not sick
  • 55% of your normal salary, up to $595 a
    week (*3) with more money for families
    living on a low income
  • can last for up to 15 weeks
  • apply online
  • (*4) You’ll need medical proof of your sickness or injury.
Ontario
Works (OW)
  • need money to pay for your basic expenses (*5)
  • live in Ontario
  • can’t work or can’t find work, but willing to look for a job or do an employment program suggested by your OW worker (*6)
  • get up to $733 a month for a single person, with more available for families
  • apply in person, by telephone, or online
  • (*5) You’ll have to give information about your household’s finances to the government.
  • (*6) Other adult members of your family who live with you may also have to take part in an employment program.
Ontario
Disability
Support
Program
(ODSP)
  • need money to pay for your basic expenses(*7)
  • must have a disability or fit within a specific class of people (*8)
  • live in Ontario
  • are 18 years of age or older
  • get up to $1,169 a month as a single
    person
  • more money for people with families
  • apply in person, by telephone, or online
  • (*7)  You’ll have to give information about your finances to the government.
  • (*8) Your disability must affect your ability to work or care for yourself. Most people must have medical proof of their disability. But some may not, for example, people 65 and older who can’t get Old Age Security or who already qualify for Canada Pension Plan disability benefits
These benefits were in place before COVID-19. Some of the benefits have changed
because of COVID-19. For more information about these programs, visit
stepstojustice.ca.
Reviewed: December, 2021
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