Unemployment Benefit

Old May 14th 2015, 12:25 am
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Not sure if this is in the right section, but wanted to check something if anyone can assist.

I'm on my second IEC and my current employer has had to cut hours down to part time, due to the amount of work...or lack of. I've not worked at all this week My boss was on about putting me on employment benefit but as I'm on IEC I know I'm basically supposed to have enough funds to live, which I do. But would I be violating anything if I did get put on employment benefit? My boss argues that I've been paying in to the system (through taxes etc from working full time last year), but I'm not so sure.

I'm looking for another job but just wondering if anyone has been in same situation in the past?
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Old May 14th 2015, 1:04 am
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Perhaps call Service Canada for advice. Sometimes takes a while to get through but they can be surprisingly helpful by phone.
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Old May 14th 2015, 1:14 am
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Originally Posted by Leaf25 View Post
Not sure if this is in the right section, but wanted to check something if anyone can assist.

I'm on my second IEC and my current employer has had to cut hours down to part time, due to the amount of work...or lack of. I've not worked at all this week My boss was on about putting me on employment benefit but as I'm on IEC I know I'm basically supposed to have enough funds to live, which I do. But would I be violating anything if I did get put on employment benefit? My boss argues that I've been paying in to the system (through taxes etc from working full time last year), but I'm not so sure.

I'm looking for another job but just wondering if anyone has been in same situation in the past?
Applying for Employment Insurance benefits - Service Canada

According to this you have to supply evidence of your work permit when you apply.

My only concern is they'll not likely pay you out much if you have been working sporadically. It's not a fixed amount it is based on hours worked and money paid in.
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Old May 14th 2015, 1:23 am
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Applying for Employment Insurance benefits - Service Canada

According to this you have to supply evidence of your work permit when you apply.

My only concern is they'll not likely pay you out much if you have been working sporadically. It's not a fixed amount it is based on hours worked and money paid in.
Well I need to go in and get a new SIN. I went the other day but immigration hadn't updated their records that I was back (I landed last Wednesday). I'll check with the people when I go in in the morning. I was working 38 hours a week for a year but since I've come back I've done bugger all so looking for something else in IT.
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Originally Posted by pdarwin View Post
Perhaps call Service Canada for advice. Sometimes takes a while to get through but they can be surprisingly helpful by phone.
Thanks, I gotta go in for a new SIN anyway so will check then.
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EI is based on your insurable earnings from the last 13 pay periods. Amount paid not hours worked, plus any bonuses. The new system will go back a bit further where there have been highs and lows.

Not everyone who pays into the system can claim EI, students for example pay EI, but cannot collect EI. Qualifying hours depend on the unemployment rate in your area, in general something like 924 in the past 52 weeks.

Everything you need to know is on here Employment Insurance - Service Canada

To get a definitive answer on you eligibility call Service Canada, although you may find it faster to go in to the office.
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EI the system we are forced to pay into with a slew of reasons why you can't claim it....Its annoying paying into something you can never use.
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although you may find it faster to go in to the office.
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