Applying for Employment Insurance benefits online

It takes about 60 minutes to complete the Employment Insurance application online.

Read the following Privacy Notice Statement before you access the "Start application" located at the bottom of this page.

Helpful tips for applying for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits online:

  • Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.
  • If you have questions as you complete the application online, please consult the help instructions of each page of the application.

Privacy Notice Statement

The information you provide is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act to determine your eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits (including the Family Supplement), employment benefits, employment services, and training.

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act and in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat Directive on the SIN, which lists the Employment Insurance program as an authorized user of the SIN. The SIN will be used as a file identifier to determine your eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits (including the Family Supplement), employment benefits, employment services, and training.

Since your privacy is important to us, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) confirms your identity by comparing the information you submit to the information contained in your Social Insurance Number record.

Completion of the EI application for benefits online is voluntary; however, failure to complete this application will result in your not being considered for the aforementioned benefits.

For those applying for Employment Insurance (EI) self-employment benefits, information may be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the administration of the Income Tax Act. The CRA may provide information concerning your net self-employment earnings with the income information for the current year and two prior calendar years (strictly for individuals identified by ESDC), in order to allow ESDC to determine or verify the individual's entitlement; to validate the income information declared on the claim; and to determine or amend the EI weekly benefit rate.

The Information may also be shared with the Province of Quebec for the administration of the Employment Insurance Act respecting parental insurance. For employment benefits, services, and training, this may include the provision of information to your province/territory for the administration of the Labour Market Development Agreements or to third-party service providers.

The information you provide may be used or disclosed for policy analysis, research, and/or evaluation purposes. In order to conduct these activities, various sources of information under the custody and control of ESDC may be linked. However, these additional uses and/or disclosures of your personal information will never result in an administrative decision being made about you.

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Employment Insurance Act and the Privacy Act. You have the right to the protection of, and access to, your personal information. It will be retained in the Personal Information Bank(s) "ESDC PPU 150", "Insurance Claim File-Local Office,"ESDC PPU 293", "Employment Benefits and Support Measures" and/or ESDC PPU 323 "Registration for the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People" and will be used and disclosed in accordance with the conditions listed therein and retained for the period of time required by the Employment Insurance Act.

Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source. Info Source may also be accessed online at any Service Canada Centre.

Start application