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Taking time off work: For new and expecting parents

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What if I earn other income while I am receiving EI benefits?

If you earn money while you are receiving EI benefits, half of what you earn each week will be taken off your benefits. This applies as long as you do not earn more than 90% of the average weekly earnings your benefit was based on. For every dollar you earn above 90%, EI takes a dollar off your benefits.

If you are earning only a small amount, there is a different rule that might let you keep more of your earnings. If you use this "alternate earnings rule" you can keep up to 40% of the average weekly earnings your benefit was based on, or $75, whichever is more. For every dollar you earn above this amount, EI takes a dollar off your benefits. You might be able to choose the alternate earnings rule if:

  • you used it on a previous EI claim, or
  • you are still on a claim that started before August 12, 2018.

Call Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218 if you think this might apply to you.

Some employers have special benefit plans for employees who go on parental or maternity EI benefits. If the plan has been approved by the government, the payments will not be taken off your EI benefits.

For more information, see Can I do any paid work while I am on leave?