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Claiming EI when sponsoring a spouse.

Old Jun 17th 2016, 12:50 am
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Default Claiming EI when sponsoring a spouse.

Hi guys,

I'm current on PR here being sponsored by my spouse, shes a teacher who will have no work over the summer, I know she could not claim EI during the application process, I'm just wondering if she can claim employement insurance during the Summer break?

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Old Jun 17th 2016, 1:48 am
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Default Re: Claiming EI when sponsoring a spouse.

Originally Posted by TRC
Hi guys,

I'm current on PR here being sponsored by my spouse, shes a teacher who will have no work over the summer, I know she could not claim EI during the application process, I'm just wondering if she can claim employement insurance during the Summer break?

Thanks
I truly hope not. She is not unemployed but rather gets paid for 12 months in a shorter period determined by her employment contract with whatever school board employs her.
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Old Jun 17th 2016, 1:53 am
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I truly hope not. She is not unemployed but rather gets paid for 12 months in a shorter period determined by her employment contract with whatever school board employs her.
I should have said, she was just a maternity cover, she has no job as of next week. Although she is applying for roles as of September.
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Default Re: Claiming EI when sponsoring a spouse.

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I know she could not claim EI during the application process
Are you sure? I can't see why she can't claim it at any time? But hopefully Schnooks, our resident spousal expert, will see this and be able to let you know.
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In the application I'm sure it says that since the sponsor is financially liable they cant sponsor someone if they currently claim EI. I may be wrong.
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Originally Posted by TRC
In the application I'm sure it says that since the sponsor is financially liable they cant sponsor someone if they currently claim EI. I may be wrong.
I thought social assistance couldn't be claimed, but as EI isn't social assistance it's ok? But as above, I may be completely wrong.......*paging Schnooks, would Schnooks come to the forum please*.
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Default Re: Claiming EI when sponsoring a spouse.

Poke!

So EI is not the same as welfare or social assistance, and thus doesn't have an effect on spousal sponsorship. You pay into EI in order to receive payments back when you are out of work. It doesn't count as social assistance.

(To put it another way, welfare is when you are asking the government for money because you aren't working and don't have any EI available to claim. On the flipside, when you are working, you pay premiums into EI, and if you then lose your job, you can claim EI and then receive payments when you're not working. EI is benefits you are entitled to as long as you have been paying in while employed. Thus EI is not the same as social assistance. Social assistance specifically means programs like welfare, food stamps, etc.)

Where did you see that you can't be claiming EI?

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I think I may have got that mixed up with social assistance!

Thanks for clearing this up.
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