Canada: Major Changes to our Employment Insurance Program (Part 2 of 2)

Introducing the Working While on Claim (‘WWC’) Pilot Project

This Pilot Project begins on August 7, 2016, and will run through to August 2018.

Every eligible EI claimant will be able to choose to keep 50¢ of their EI benefits for every dollar they earn, up to a maximum of 90% of the weekly insurable earnings used to calculate their EI benefit amount. Alternately, there is the option to revert to the rules of an earlier pilot that took effect back in 2012 (an earnings allowance of $75 or 40% of their weekly EI benefits).

The WWC pilot project will apply to you if you earn money while you are collecting any of the following types of EI benefits:

  • regular benefits
  • fishing benefits
  • parental benefits
  • compassionate care benefits
  • parents of critically ill children benefit

PLEASE NOTE: The WWC pilot project DOES NOT apply to claimants of maternity and sickness benefits or self-employed claimants.

Sample Calculation

Let’s say Christine’s weekly insurable earnings are $800. Her earnings threshold would therefore be $720 ($800 x .90 = $720).

If Christine is collecting EI benefits based on weekly insurable earnings of $800, EI would deduct the equivalent of 50% of her earnings from her benefits, until those earnings reached $720 (the earnings threshold).

Any monies Christine earns that is over the $720 earnings threshold would be deducted from her EI payments dollar for dollar.

To see more examples of how the earnings threshold works, please click here.