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Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits

This resource looks at these topics:

  • What are Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits?
  • Types of EI Benefits
  • Can you get EI?
  • How and when should you apply for EI?
  • What information do you need to apply?
  • When will you know if your EI application is approved?
  • How long is the waiting period?
  • How much will you get?
  • How long can you collect EI?
  • Can you work and still get EI regular and other benefits?
  • Can you leave Canada temporarily and still get EI regular benefits?
  • Can you work or live outside Canada and still get EI?
  • What must you do while you get EI regular benefits?
  • Can you get EI if you are self-employed? 
  • Can you appeal an EI decision?

Note: This information was prepared by the British Columbia Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, but it applies to all Canadians. 

Produced in
2016
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