Q: Can I apply for Employment Insurance (EI) if I’m in quarantine?
The government has now announced two main changes for workers who are quarantined or sick due to COVID-19:
They will not have to get a doctor’s note in order to apply for sick benefits.
They can have the normal 1-week EI waiting period waived so benefits can be paid for the period starting right away after they stop working. There is a special toll-free number to call to ask for this: