Can I get CPP benefits or workers’ compensation?

To get Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits, you must not be able to work regularly. But to get regular EI benefits, you must be ready and able to work. So, you usually cannot get both.

It may be possible to get CPP retirement benefits and regular EI benefits at the same time. But the CPP amount will be taken off your EI benefits.

The rules are more complicated for workers’ compensation benefits. In Ontario, these benefits are called Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits.

It is a good idea to apply for EI benefits, even if you are also applying for WSIB benefits. But it is important to tell WSIB staff about any EI benefits you get. Get legal help if you think you might qualify for both. See Where can I get help and information?

If you are getting or applying for EI sickness benefits, you can also apply for WSIB or CPP.

The rules for EI sickness benefits are not covered in this booklet. But you can find out more at or by calling 1-800-206-7218. For TTY, call 1-800-529-3742.

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