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Employment Insurance

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How much will I get?

EI rules have changed because of COVID-19. As of September 27, 2020, there is a new minimum EI payment of $500 per week. The maximum of $595 per week still applies.

These changes are expected to last until September 25, 2021.

If you qualify for EI benefits, you will receive 55% of your "average insurable earnings", up to a maximum of $595 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 used depends on the unemployment rate in your region. It will be somewhere between 14 and 22 weeks.

EI benefits are taxable, so federal and provincial income tax will be deducted from your benefits.