What are recent changes to Employment Insurance (EI)?

From the Government of Canada website:

We announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new income support benefits to better support all Canadians looking for work.

  • We have established a minimum unemployment rate for the EI program of 13.1% across Canada.
  • We are allowing Canadians with 120 hours of insurable work or more to qualify for benefits by providing a temporary, one-time credit of:
    • 300 insurable hours for those claiming EI regular benefits
    • 480 insurable hours for those claiming EI special benefits (maternity, parental, sickness, compassionate care, and family).
  • We are freezing the EI premium rate for employees at the 2020 level of $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for two years. The rate for employers will also remain unchanged at $2.21 per $100 of insurable earnings.
  • We are implementing temporary measures to support self-employed fish harvesters who rely on EI fishing benefits in the off-season. These measures will allow EI fishing benefits for these workers to be calculated using either their fishing earnings for their current claim, or their fishing earnings from their claim for the same season from the previous year, whichever is higher.

As of September 27, if you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum benefit rate of $400 per week, or $240 per week for extended parental benefits.

If you are not eligible for EI benefits, you may be eligible for:

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