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Employment Insurance (EI)


For a general overview of the Employment Insurance system, click here.

For more information on the gutting of the EI program, click here.


In general, the EI program benefits the unemployed by offering roughly 55% of their previous work salary. In 2012, the amount of weekly benefits for eligible individuals reached a maximum of $485 per week for a period between 14 and 45 weeks.

Funding

The EI fund is maintained solely through the contributions of workers as well as employers. This is a result of a 1990 decision by the Conservative government to withdraw federal funding to the EI fund.

How to make an EI claim?

EI claims must be completed online. If you do not have access to a computer you can submit your application via a computer available at the offices of Service Canada. For more information, please visit the Service Canada website.

The nearest Service Canada offices are located in:

Villeray, Centre-ville, Mercier, Saint-Léonard

Tips

As the laws on Employment Insurance can be complex, we strongly suggest you consult with an unemployment advocacy group prior to submitting a claim.

If you live in Montreal, you can contact the Unemployment Action-Movement of Montreal (MAC).

The MAC is a community group which provides education and advocacy for the unemployed. The constituency office works with them on a regular basis.

Problems with your EI application?

If you encounter difficulties during the processing of your Employment Insurance application, do not hesitate to contact us. A member of our team will happily contact a representative of Service Canada on your behalf.   

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