With the new Liberal Government aid plan, it’s possible to apply for EI assistance. Please keep in mind that the website is currently overwhelmed with applications, so it may be a slow and frustrating procedure.
Workers who can’t apply because they are sick or quarantined, can also file for EI sickness benefits at a later date and have the claim backdated.
Anyone looking to apply for the new EI benefits, can visit the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website and follow the five steps.
- Gather supporting documents– You must have your records of employment (ROEs), but a medical certificate won’t be necessary for those who have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine. Service Canada advises people to apply right away even if you don’t have these documents as you can send them in later.
- Complete the online application– This includes making sure you have: the names and addresses of your employers in the last 52 weeks, the dates employed with each employer and the reasons you’re no longer employed, and personal information including mailing address, Social Insurance Number (SIN), and banking information.
- Provide supporting documents-You can visit My Service Canada Account (MSCA) to view ROEs that have been issued to you by past and current employers.
- Receive access code by mail– Service Canada will mail you a benefit statement, which includes a 4-digit access code. You need this code and your SIN to get updates about your application and to complete biweekly reports.
- Review your application status