COVID-19 Resources & Information

COVID Funding Resources

If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, there are funding options open to you should you need them. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all funding opportunities currently available.

IMPORTANT: The information provided below is subject to change. Please refer to the provided links for current details regarding available funding and eligibility.

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Employment Insurance (EI)

Students on a work term - including International Students living and working in Canada - may be entitled to receive Employment Insurance payment for the balance of the term you were hired for. The number of hours required appears to be based upon the regional unemployment rate. For Edmonton, the number of required hours is currently 630 hours.

You may be entitled to EI regular benefits if you:

  • Were employed in insurable employment;
  • Lost your job through no fault of your own;
  • Have been without work and without pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks;
  • Have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter;
  • Are ready, willing and capable of working each day;
  • Are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them).

For complete EI information and application instructions, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-regular-benefit/eligibility.html

If you are quarantined or ill, you may be eligible to apply for these EI benefits: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Last Update: July 28, 2021