Updated: March 27th
There is now a COVID-19-specific EI claims phone line: (833) 381-2725
Use the following link in Internet Explorer ONLY to start your EI application process: www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/apply.html
Please note that as of today, March 23rd, the average EI processing time is over 30 days. My colleagues and I continue to press the government to address this delay and close the gap.
Those self-isolating for COVID-19 do not need a doctor's note and are able to apply for EI Sick Benefits for up to 15 weeks of benefits.
The 1-week waiting period for EI benefits has been waived.
One of the greatest challenges remains that announcements made of plans that are being put into place often have a delay before that are accessible to the public. As further updates with tangible information become available, they will be posted here.
If you have any questions for our office, please send them via email to: Dave.Epp@parl.gc.ca
The recently announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is available alongside EI for Canadians who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
The benefit is $2,000 a month for up to four months, directly paid to Canadians impacted by COVID-19, whether you are not working because you are sick, or you’ve been laid off or lost work hours because of the pandemic.
To qualify, applicants must have had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day they make the application.
The application process is not yet open, but will be through CRA. Once open, eligible applicants will receive their first payment within 10 days of submitting their application. As application specifics are available they will be posted here.