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Employment Insurance

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What types of EI benefits are there?

There are several kinds of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits:

  • regular benefits for people who are looking for work
  • re-employment benefits to help unemployed people return to work
  • sickness benefits for people who are off work because of illness or accident
  • compassionate care benefits or benefits for parents of critically ill children for people who must be off work to care for a gravely ill family member or close friend
  • maternity and parental benefits for people who are pregnant or have a new baby or adopted a child
  • fishing benefits for self-employed fishers
This resource covers regular EI benefits. It also has a short section about re-employment benefits, see What if I take a job, and then lose it or quit?