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EI weekly maximum to increase on January 1, 2014

The Government of Canada is increasing the annual maximum insurable earnings amount from $47,400 to $48,600 effective January 1, 2014. This means that the weekly maximum for employment insurance will rise to $514 – an increase of $13 per week.

If your Short Term Disability (STD) plan pays a percentage of salary up to the EI maximum, or it pays a flat amount equal to the EI maximum, we will automatically update your plan to the new weekly maximum amount.

If your STD plan is registered with Canada’s EI Premium Reduction Program, it will continue to qualify for EI premium reductions.

For plan administrators - if these changes affect your plan, your January invoice will reflect the increased STD benefit amount. Your STD rate will not change, but you will see a premium increase as a result of the increased benefit amount.

For more information on changes to EI benefits, please contact the EI Premium Reduction Program toll-free at 1 800-561-7923.

If you have any questions about your STD plan, please contact your Pacific Blue Cross plan advisor or account administrator.

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