your path to accessing financial resources
Short-term financial assistance that is provided up to 15 weeks. The amount paid is approximately 55% of your average weekly earnings. The amount paid does not exceed $562 per week.
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You will need the following information before applying:
You do not need your Record of Employment (ROE) from your employer at the time of applying, but your employer will eventually need to supply this information to Service Canada. The important thing is to apply as soon as you can after work ends. You risk not being eligible for benefits if you delay the application longer than four weeks from your last date of employment.
Applications are completed online. If you do not have access to a computer or feel you need assistance, you can go to a Service Canada centre in your area where they will guide you through completing the application on-line. You may need to make an appointment, depending on your area.
After you Apply
You will be mailed an EI access code shortly after applying. This does not mean your claim is approved. This code enables you to access information about your claim on-line or over the phone. Instructions on how to use this code will be included.
Your claim is usually processed within 4-6 weeks. If approved, your payments will start to be calculated one week after the start of your benefit period. This one week “waiting period” is applied to every applicant as a type of deductible. (So, for example, if your approved benefit period starts June 1, your benefits won’t start to be calculated until June 8 with the payment made on the next scheduled payment date. EI benefits are paid every two weeks, usually on a Friday.)
If your claim is not approved, you will be notified by mail or phone at some point during the 4-6 week review period.