The Government of Canada has extended the Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefit from 15 to 26 weeks effective December 18, 2022. This means that applicants with eligible claims on or after December 18, 2022 will be able to receive up to 26 weeks of EI sickness benefits.
How does this affect your Group Benefits Short Term Disability (STD)/Long Term Disability (LTD)?
If your Group Benefit Program has an STD benefit for which you are receiving a Premium Reduction (PRP), there is no immediate impact. We expect that changes to the program, if any, will be released in 2024. Your provider for the STD and LTD currently communicates well to transition claims from STD to LTD and as such there will be no impact to these claims.