How to apply for EI benefits

How to apply for EI benefits


Oct. 6, 2020

Global Korean Post


Approximately 2.8 million CERB recipients will be transitioned to EI regular benefits, including over 400,000 workers who would not have qualified for EI without these measures. These measures include:

  • An hours credits;
  • A minimum benefit rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits;
  • At least 26 weeks of regular benefits;
  • A minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% applies to all regions across Canada; and,
  • An EI premium rate frozen at the 2020 premium rate for two years.


Canadian workers already receiving benefits through Service Canada will be transitioned to the EI program once they have received the maximum CERB benefits or on October 3, whichever comes first, if they are EI eligible and continue to need income support.

Canadians who are currently receiving the CERB from the CRA and who believe they are entitled to EI will need to apply through Service Canada after September 26.

Canadians who will need to apply to Service Canada to access EI benefits include:

  • 900-series Social Insurance Numbers holders;
  • self-employed workers who received benefits through Service Canada; and,
  • Canadian workers who received the CERB from the CRA but could have 120 hours of insurable and meet the other eligibility criteria.