Will I still be able to qualify for EI/QPIP maternity/parental benefits after the time off I had to take for COVID19?

To qualify for EI maternity and parental benefits, parents have to show they have had at least 600 hours of work where they (and their employer) paid into Employment Insurance. In Quebec, parents have to show they have earned at least $3,000 through work (including self-employment).


Because of COVID19, some parents will be worried they won’t have enough hours or earnings to qualify for the benefits they planned on.

It isn’t yet clear how the federal or Quebec governments are going to handle this question. You could call your federal MP (or in Quebec your MNA) to make your voice heard.

Phone: 416-392-7903
Constituency Office: 100 Queen St W A5, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2