How much will I get from EI?

If you qualify for EI benefits, you get 55% of your “average insurable earnings”, up to $650 a week. Your average insurable earnings is the average of the highest paid weeks in your qualifying period.

The actual number of highest-paid weeks that Service Canada uses depends on the unemployment rate in your region. It will be between 14 and 22 weeks.

EI benefits are taxable. This means that federal and provincial income tax are taken from your benefits.

Do people with children get more money?

If you have children, you might be able to get more money through the Family Supplement. To qualify for the Family Supplement:

  • you or your spouse or common-law partner must get the Canada child benefit (CCB), and
  • your annual family income must be $25,921 or less.

If you get the Family Supplement, your EI benefits could go up to as much as 80% of what you were earning before getting EI. But the most you can get is still $650 a week.

If you and your spouse or common-law partner both get EI benefits at the same time, only one of you can get the Family Supplement. Usually, it is better if the person who gets less EI gets the Family Supplement.

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