Starting September 25, the pre-pandemic rules about the number of hours apply again.
For regular benefits, this means that workers must have worked at least 420 to 700 hours.
Workers can use hours from a past job only if the reason they left that job would have qualified them for EI.
For sickness benefits, caregiving benefits, and maternity and parental benefits, workers must have worked at least 600 hours.
Starting on September 25, workers once again have to wait to get EI until after they use up any weeks of separation payments they get from an employer. This is pay they get because they permanently lost their job. For example, a worker has to wait if they get severance pay, termination pay, or vacation pay.
Self-employed workers can register for EI special benefits. “Special benefits” refers to sickness benefits, caregiving benefits, and maternity and parental benefits. These workers must earn a minimum amount of self-employment income in a year to qualify for the self-employed program.
If a worker applies for EI between September 25 and December 31, 2022, they’ll need to have $8,092 of self-employed earnings in 2021.
For additional details, read the full bulletin from CLEO/Steps to Justice here, or view Steps to Justice’s updated questions and answers about EI here.
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