EI Sickness Benefits

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What are Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits?

The Employment Insurance (EI) program offers temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers. This assistance includes providing sickness benefits to people unable to work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine.

If you cannot work because of sickness, injury, or quarantine, but you would otherwise be available to work, you could be eligible to receive up to a maximum of 15 weeks of EI sickness benefits.

Am I Eligible?

You may be entitled to receive EI sickness benefits if:

  • You are eligible for EI;
  • You meet the specific criteria for receiving EI sickness benefits; and
  • Your regular short-term disability has run out and you haven’t been accepted for long-term disability; or
  •  You have found not to be eligible for short-term disability.

How Do I Apply?

You should apply as soon as possible after you stop working. If you delay for more than four weeks after you stop work, you risk losing benefits. To find out if you’re eligible for EI, you must submit an online application at: www.servicecanada.gc.ca.

You will need the following information:

• Social Insurance Number (SIN)
• Mother’s maiden name
• Mailing address
• Banking information
• A medical certificate signed by your doctor
• Employment information for the last 52 weeks

What's the Process if I'm Approved?

If you are eligible to receive EI benefits, you should receive your first payment within 28 days of the date your application and required documents are received

If you are not found eligible, you have the right to request reconsideration from EI.

Before you can start receiving EI benefits, there is a two-week waiting period during which you will not be paid. This waiting period is like the deductible you pay for other types of insurance.

You usually serve the waiting period at the beginning of your benefit period, unless you receive earnings during the first two weeks. In that case, the waiting period will start during the first week you should begin to receive benefits.

Should I Tell My Union?

It’s always a good idea to keep your job steward informed. They can make you aware of any other benefit options you might have. If your illness or injury happened on the job or because of work, your steward can make a note of it and see if the issue can be resolved so it doesn’t happen to someone else.

Still have questions? Email info@moveuptogether.ca.

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