On the Radar: New rules about working while getting Employment Insurance

Posted
August 15, 2018

People can work part-time while getting most types of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Some of the rules about how much of their earnings they can keep changed on August 12, 2018.

This month's On the Radar talks about these changes and gives some examples of how the rules apply.

What's changing?

Old rules

In the past, people who worked while getting EI could keep all of their earnings up to 40% of what they were getting from EI. Or, they could keep up to $75 if that was more.

But everything they earned above that amount was taken off their EI benefits.

Pilot project

For the past 2 years, there has been a pilot projectwith a new way of figuring out how much is taken off.

As of August 12, 2018, the law changed to make this pilot project permanent.

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