Helping low income people since 1984
Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance in the form of benefits for some workers. There are different types of benefits:
The law related to this program is called the Employment Insurance Act (2010). The EI system is administered by the federal government through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
Workers qualify if they have worked a certain number of hours during a specific amount of time, called a qualifying period, and if they have not quit without "just cause" or lost their job "because of their misconduct." The required number of hours varies depending on the local unemployment rate however workers should apply even if they may not have enough hours as the rate may change and they may become eligible. The table of hours required can be obtained from the local Service Canada office.
There is one Service Canada offices in Hamilton:There are two Service Canada offices in Hamilton:
Workers can apply online, over the phone, or at their local Service Canada office:
Telephone: 1 800 206-7218
Service Canada: 1-800-622-6232
Once you have applied for EI, it usually takes 28 days from the date the HRSDC receives your application to begin collecting EI benefits. If HRSDC decides that you do not qualify for EI they will notify you by mail. You can appeal this decision. Below you will find the appeal process outlined.What is the process for appealing a decision?
Our Clinic does provide service in this area. We can provide you with summary legal advice if you have questions or would like general advice on EI, the process, or your eligibility for benefits. We can assist you by appealing the decision of HRSDC or the Board of Referees. We can represent you at your appeal before the Board of Referees or Umpire if you meet our eligibility criteria. We also provide public legal education sessions to educate the public on Employment Insurance.
You may appeal decisions made by HRSDC, for reasons such as: