Changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) waiting period

What’s changing?

The waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits will be reduced from 14 days to seven days, starting Jan. 1, 2017 – a change introduced with the 2016 federal budget.

Please note, the 15 weeks of paid EI benefit is not changing.

When are amendments required?

Service Canada has announced a four-year transitional period for programs with 14-day waiting periods to amend their plans and meet the new seven-day waiting period. See the full overview and explanation of the changes in the Canada Gazette.

Plan sponsors who are currently establishing new wage loss reduction programs should build in a waiting period of seven days or less.

Contact your plan representative for an amendment update.

Watch for more updates in future issues of Digest.