Regular Income Benefits – CLEO

Reviewed: September 9, 2020

  Who’s eligible Amount and where to apply Notes
Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits​
  • worked at least 120 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
  1. This has been changed to 120 hours across the country. This change is expected to last for about one year, starting on September 27, 2020.
  2. This is usually the 52 weeks before your claim.
  3. On September 27, 2020 there will be a new minimum payment of $400 per week.
EI sickness benefits​
  • worked at least 120 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 (1) but you could work if you were not sick
  1. You’ll need medical proof of your sickness or injury. If you’re applying for EI sickness benefits due to quarantine, you will not need a medical certificate.
  2. On September 27, 2020 there will be a new minimum payment of $400 per week.
Ontario Works (OW)
  • need money to pay for your basic expenses (1)
  • 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 (2)
  1. You’ll have to give information about your household’s finances to the government.
  2. Other adult members of your family who live with you may also have to take part in and employment program.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • need money to pay for your basic expenses (1)
  • must have a disability or fit within a specific class of people (2)
  • live in Ontario
  • are 18 years of age or older
  1. You’ll have to give information about your household’s finances to the government.
  2. 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.

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