Government of Canada introduces legislation to increase number of weeks for EI regular benefits and to prevent international travellers from qualifying for recovery benefits during mandatory Quarantine

Date Announced:

February 25, 2021


Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, introduced Bill C-24, to increase the maximum number of weeks available to workers through EI regular benefits and give them the certainty they need should their job be affected by COVID-19. The proposed legislation would provide workers with up to a maximum of 50 weeks for claims that are established between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. As part of this proposed legislation, all international travellers who need to Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine or isolate upon their return to Canada, including people returning from vacation, would be made ineligible to receive support from any of the Canada Recovery Benefits for the period of their mandatory Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine or isolation. These changes would be retroactive to October 2, 2020.

Departments and Agencies:

Economic and Social Development Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



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