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Waiting Period Reduced to One Week

PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:05 pm
by CLS
Effective January 1, 2017, the waiting period for Employment Insurance benefits has been reduced from two weeks to one week. As explained on the Government of Canada website (

"As a result of legislative changes which came into effect on January 1, 2017, the waiting period is now one week for claims established on that date or later. For claims established prior to January 1, 2017, the waiting period remains at two weeks.

This change does not affect the maximum number of weeks of regular or special benefits you may receive, as the number of weeks of entitlement to benefits is unchanged. Furthermore, the measure does not change the timelines to process your claim or receive your first payment. The 28 day target timeframe remains. "

This is welcome news for persons applying for EI benefits.