Legislation to increase number of weeks for EI regular benefits


Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, on Thursday, introduced Bill C-24, to increase the maximum number of weeks available to workers through Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits and give them the certainty they need should their job be affected by COVID-19.
The proposed legislation would provide workers with up to a maximum of 50 weeks for claims that are established between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
In addition, self-employed workers who have opted in to the EI program to access special benefits would be able to use a 2020 earnings threshold of $5,000, compared to the previous threshold of $7,555. This change would be retroactive to claims established as of January 3, 2021 and would apply until September 25, 2021.
As part of this proposed legislation, all international travellers who need to quarantine or isolate upon their return to Canada, including people returning from vacation, would be made ineligible to receive support from any of the Canada Recovery Benefits for the period of their mandatory quarantine or isolation. These changes would be retroactive to October 2, 2020.
As previously announced, individuals who would normally be exempt from the mandatory quarantine requirements under the Quarantine Act, such as health care workers who need to cross the border for work or truck drivers, would still be eligible to apply following their return to the country. An exemption would also apply to those who travel to receive a necessary medical treatment or to accompany someone who is travelling for such treatment and requires assistance.

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