How many E.I. benefit weeks will I receive?

How many hours do I need to qualify EI?

Your EI benefit weeks is calculated based on

  1. The number of insurable hours you have accumulated in the past 52 weeks since your last day worked; and
  2. 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.

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Economic RegionCurrent unemployment rateMinimum insurable hours from the past first yearMaximum insurable hours from the past second yearMin – Max regular benefit entitlement weeksBest Weeks required for E.I. calculation
Oshawa5.9%7001,820+14 – 3622
Toronto7.2%6301,820+17 – 4020
Hamilton6%7001,820+15 – 3822

(up until April 8th, 2017)
To find out your economic region, please visit Service Canada website for further detail. 


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 E.I. expiry vs your qualified benefit weeks. In other word, it means that you are qualified for X amount of E.I. benefit weeks within the one year expiry.

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(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 lowerUnemployment rate of 6-7%Unemployment rate of 7-8%Unemployment rate of 8-9%
420-454 hours0000
455-4890000
490-5240000
525-5590000
560-5940000
595-62900018 weeks
630-6640017 weeks19
665-699015 weeks1719
700-73414 weeks161820
735-76914161820
770-80415171921
805-83915171921
840-87416182022
875-90916182022
910-94417192123
945-97917192123
980-101418202224
1015-104918202224
1050-108419212325
1085-111919212325
1120-115420222426
1155-118920222426
1190-122421232527
1225-125921232527
1260-129422242628
1295-132922242628
1330-136423252729
1365-139923252729
1400-143424262830
1435-146925272931
1470-150426283032
1505-153927293133
1540-157428303234
1575-160929313335
1610-164430323436
1645-167931333537
1680-171432343638
1715-174933353739
1750-178434363840
1785-181935373941
1820-36384042