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Can I get other special EI benefits if I have been penalized or disqualified?

You can apply for special benefits even if you would not be able to get regular EI. You might qualify even if you quit your job or were fired for misconduct. While you are receiving special benefits, any violations on your record will be suspended temporarily.

Special EI benefits include:

  • sickness benefits if you are ill, injured, or quarantined
  • compassionate care benefits or benefits for parents of critically ill children if you have to care for a gravely ill family member or close friend
  • pregnancy and parental benefits if you are pregnant or have a new baby or adopted child

For more information about pregnancy and parental benefits, see CLEO's resource, Taking time off work: Pregnancy and parental leaves and benefits.