Canada employment insurance rates

Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary income support for unemployed Canadians who cannot work for reasons of sickness, childbirth, or parenting; or who are providing care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death.

EI also provides temporary financial assistance for unemployed Canadians while they look for work or upgrade their skills.

Employers must deduct EI premiums from each dollar of their employees’ insurable earnings up to the yearly maximum. Most earnings in Canada are insurable. There is no age limit for deducting EI premiums.

Employers are also required to contribute at a rate 1.4 times the EI premium withheld for each employee (unless eligible for a reduced rate).

View the table of current EI earnings and rates below:

Quebec Parental Insurance Plan Premiums – QPIP

Reduced EI Rates for Company Paid Portion – QPIP Contributors

Summary Chart for Insurable Earnings & Hours - 2017

To determine whether or not earnings and hours are insurable, and, if they are insurable, to which pay period they should be allocated, please refer to Service Canada's ROE Guide, Annex 1 .

The information on this web page is provided by Ceridian Canada Ltd. as a convenience to you. Ceridian does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information. Contents may be subject to change. Always check your circumstances with the proper authority for the most accurate and current information available.

  • Small Business
    1–50 employees
  • Mid-Sized Business
    51–300 employees
  • Large Business
    301-999 employees
  • Enterprise
    1000+ employees

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