Can I earn money while I am getting EI?

Yes. But half of what you earn each week is taken off your EI benefits.

This applies as long as you do not earn more than 90% of the average weekly earnings your benefit was based on. All of the money you earn above that 90% is taken off your benefits.

Some employers have benefits for employees who go on EI parental or maternity benefits. These are sometimes called EI top-up plans or supplemental unemployment benefits.

If the government has approved your employer’s plan, EI will not take any of that money off your benefits.

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

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