Applying for Benefits

To receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits you must submit an EI application online or in person at your local Human Resources Development of Canada (HRDC) office.

You must request your Record of Employment (ROE) from your last employer. If you have your Record of Employment (ROE) from your last employer, apply immediately after you have stopped working. If you did not receive your last ROE within 14 days of your last day of work, submit your application as soon as the 14 days are over, along with proof of employment, for example, pay stubs. If one or more ROE covering periods prior to your last employment are missing, you must still submit your claim for benefits

EI maternity benefits are payable to the natural mother in the period surrounding the birth of a child, and may start from eight weeks before the expected date of birth to the week of actual delivery. Fifteen (15) weeks of maternity benefits are allowed after a two-week waiting period and can be collected within 17 weeks of the actual week of confinement or week of expected confinement, whichever is later. However, the 17-week limit can be extended and payments delayed for every week a baby is confined to the hospital, for up to 52 weeks following the week of the child’s birth. It may also be possible to receive sickness benefits in addition to the maximum weeks of maternity benefits should an employee be unable to work because of complications due to pregnancy or childbirth or by reason of an unrelated illness.

Benefits usually cover 55% of a claimant’s weekly insurable earnings, to a maximum of $413 per week. There are nonetheless exceptions: claimants who are in a low-income family with a net annual income of less than $25,921 and who are receiving the Child Tax Benefit (CTB) can receive a higher benefit rate (family supplement

To be eligible, an employee must have worked a minimum of 600 hours or approximately 6 months of work (changed as of Dec 31, 2000) in the previous 52 weeks or since the start of her last claim.

Please note: This is for general information only. It is not a legal document. Please refer to the Human Resources Development of Canada (HRDC) website for more information