We are now accepting September 2021 applications. To avoid processing/payment delays, encourage your Employers to submit their validations in a timely manner.

Unemployment Application

Welcome to the E-Unemployment Application System

How do I Apply?


  • For employees to qualify to receive a benefit, they must be registered in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Act.
  • They must have either been unemployed (i.e. either laid off or terminated) as a result of COVID-19,
  • Or they must be underemployed (i.e. currently earning less than EC$1,000 a month) as a result of COVID-19.
  • For self-employed persons their business must have been closed as a result of COVID-19.
  • Employees must have been unemployed or underemployed for 15 days or more prior to making a claim.


  • Payments of up to EC$1,000 will be made to each claimant for up to 3 months once eligibility exists
  • The target date for commencing payments is April 30th, 2020.
  • Payments will continue to be made until March 31th, 2021.
  • If an employee is receiving another Social Security benefit related to their inability to work, they will get the difference between that benefit and the EC$1,000 payment.
Persons will not be eligible to receive Unemployment Assistance Benefit under the following circumstances:
  • If they are making more than EC$1,000 monthly.
  • If they were fired for misconduct.
  • If they voluntarily resigned from their position.
  • If they are receiving another Social Security benefit related to their inability to work which is more than EC$1,000.
  • If they are overseas for any reason other than for medical assistance.