Employment Insurance (EI)


Employment Insurance is a federal employment benefit program in Canada.

Employment insurance provides temporary financial support to individuals who are seeking employment or upgrading skills or need to take time off due to specific life events. It is administered by Service Canada which is the federal institution that provides additional services such as Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security programs, passport services and issuing Social Insurance Numbers.

There are different types of EI applications and each has their own eligibility requirements. Please see our related videos and answers to commonly asked questions to help you understand more about EI. Also take a look at our resources section that provides forms for EI and a fact sheet that overviews the EI application process.

Note: Ask An Advocate is only able to provide information on Regular and Sickness benefits.

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