Employment Insurance (EI) Updates

Update on changes to Employment Insurance (EI) waiting period

Earlier this year, the federal government announced an important change to Employee Insurance (EI) benefits as part of its 2016 Federal Budget. Effective January 1, 2017, the waiting period for all EI benefits (including sickness benefits) will be reduced from two weeks to one week.

The number of weeks that EI benefits are paid by the government will not be changing.