Increasing EI Sickness Benefits From 26 Weeks to 52 Weeks

August 27, 2021
Current federal employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits provide up to 26 weeks of financial assistance where an individual cannot work for medical reasons. Individuals receive 55 per cent of their earnings up to a maximum of $595 a week.
We are putting forward a plan to protect and enhance paid sick leave for Canadian workers
**We are going to help by increasing EI sickness benefits from 26 weeks to 52 weeks for those suffering from a serious illness.**

Canadian workers and their families should know we have their back if they become seriously ill.
The current EI sickness benefit limit of 26 weeks is not enough for those undergoing treatment for serious illnesses like cancer.
This needs to change. It’s time for the government to stand up for workers and their health.
Canada’s Recovery Plan will put working Canadians at the front of the recovery.