For a general overview of the Employment Insurance system, click here.
For more information on the gutting of the EI program, click here.
In general, the EI program benefits the unemployed by offering roughly 55% of their previous work salary. In 2012, the amount of weekly benefits for eligible individuals reached a maximum of $485 per week for a period between 14 and 45 weeks.
How to Get One?
To obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card, you may apply in person at a Service Canada Centre, or through the mail via Canada Post. If you are applying for a newborn, you may also use the newborn registration service offered by the Government of Quebec.
The Canadian government administers income support programs for seniors under the auspices of the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Pension. Please note that you must apply in order to qualify for the benefits of these programs. The government does not automatically begin paying you benefits if you happen to meet the criteria.