Canada Employment Insurance 5-Week Extension Guidelines

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A Canadian can request a five-week extension for unemployment benefits. Canada limits the total weeks in the payment period to 104.

Rules

  • The Canadian must not be eligible for unemployment benefits for five weeks in the payment period. Five reasons make an employee ineligible.

Unemployment Week

  • Each week the employee does not work a full working week counts as a week of unemployment.

Incarceration

  • An employee can receive an extension for time spent in a jail, a penitentiary or an institution used to incarcerate criminals.

Workers' Compensation

  • Add weeks you received payments for workers' compensation or severance pay from your employer. The payments keep you ineligible for unemployment benefits during these weeks.

Child Care

  • Extend the period for the weeks you cared for a newborn child or adopted child in a hospital, beginning within the first 52 weeks after birth or adoption. Also add weeks the mother ceased work to prevent danger to the mother, her unborn child or a child she breastfeeds and received provincial payments.

References

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