Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits refer to the financial benefits provided by the Government of Canada to eligible individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury, or quarantine. These benefits aim to provide temporary income support during the period of incapacity.


1. What is the purpose of EI sickness benefits?
Sickness benefits under Employment Insurance are designed to replace a portion of the income lost when an individual is unable to work due to illness or injury. They offer temporary financial assistance during this period.

2. Who is eligible to receive EI sickness benefits?
To be eligible for EI sickness benefits, individuals must have paid into the Employment Insurance program and have accumulated enough hours of insurable employment. They also need to have a medical certificate stating that they are unable to work due to illness or injury.

3. How long can I receive EI sickness benefits?
The duration of EI sickness benefits depends on the individual’s medical condition and the length of their incapacity to work. Generally, these benefits can be paid for a maximum of 15 weeks.

4. How much can I receive in EI sickness benefits?
The amount of EI sickness benefits is calculated based on a percentage of the individual’s average insurable earnings over a specific period. Currently, the rate is set at 55% of average weekly earnings, with a maximum amount cap. The exact amount may vary depending on individual circumstances.

5. Can I extend my EI sickness benefits if my medical condition persists?
Under certain circumstances, it is possible to extend EI sickness benefits beyond the initial 15-week period. However, individuals need to provide updated medical documentation to demonstrate that their condition continues to prevent them from working. Extending benefits is subject to approval by Service Canada.