Common Questions

How long will my EI last if I get laid off?

Employment insurance (EI) benefits include temporary payments to people who are between jobs. The number of weeks you can collect EI benefits is calculated when your EI claim starts, and it is based on the unemployment rate in your region and the number of insurable hours you worked in the qualifying period.

Good starting points include:

  • Applying for Employment Insurance Benefits, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, is a factsheet that provides a brief overview of EI.
  • Employment Insurance, from Community Legal Education Ontario, is a booklet about EI issues, including how to apply and benefit periods. Note that the section “Where Can I Get Legal Help” relates to Ontario only.
  • LSLAP Manual: Employment Insurance is a chapter from the manual used by law students handling cases at the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program. Beginning in a section called "The Benefit Period," it provides details on how the benefits period is calculated, extension of the benefit period, and what ends (or terminates) the benefit period.

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Last reviewed January 2015

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