How many weeks of EI benefits will I receive?
How many hours do I need to qualify EI?
Your EI benefit weeks is calculated based on
- The number of insurable hours you have accumulated in the past 52 weeks since your last day worked; and
- The unemployment rate of the economic region for which you filed your application. You may find this information on Government of Canada website, click here.
There are several rule to calculate your benefit entitlement weeks. If you are applying for special benefit, e.g. sickness, maternity, parental, etc, you are automatically qualify for the maximum special benefit weeks and you only require to show a cumulative 600 hours and over, in the past 52 weeks, since the day you stopped working.
Each E.I. claim holds an one year expiry. It is also called the “end of your claim”. However, please do not confuse the relationship between the EI expiry vs your qualified benefit weeks. In other word, it means that you are qualified for X amount of EI benefit weeks within the one year expiry.
(Note: Waiting period has been reduced from 2 weeks to 1 week)
You may use the chart below to find out your entitlement weeks based on the total cumulative hours on your ROE(s) from the past 52 weeks.
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|Unemployment rate of 6% and lower||Unemployment rate of 6-7%||Unemployment rate of 7-8%||Unemployment rate of 8-9%|
You may find the complete detail about insurable hours in Service Canada’s website. Click here.