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How long will EI benefits last?

Region: Ontario Answer # 612

If you are receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits, they will last between 14 and 45 weeks, depending on the following factors:

  • the rate of unemployment in the area you live in, and
  • amount of insurable hours you have accumulated in the last 52 weeks or since your last claim, whichever is shorter.

Typically, a person who worked for a long time and lives in an area with high unemployment will receive benefits for a longer period than someone who has worked a shorter time and lives in an area with lower unemployment.

Can benefits be put on hold?

There are circumstances where your benefits can be put on hold and you do not receive them for a short time. This might happen if you get some temporary work or enroll in a course. In both of these circumstances your benefits will be suspended.

For example, if you are entitled to 20 weeks of benefits, and you take a temporary job after collecting only eight weeks of benefits, you still have 12 weeks of remaining benefits that you are eligible to collect. After the job is over, if you do not have any work and need to start collecting benefits again, you will usually be able to receive the 12 remaining weeks. However, you must use up the remaining benefits within one year from the day you originally applied for benefits or you will not be able to collect all of what you are eligible for. To find out how long your benefits will last, or for more information, visit canada.ca.

A criminal record will appear on an employment police check and will affect your ability to get or keep a job. To erase your criminal record, call toll-free 1-888-808-3628 or learn more at Pardon Partners. It’s easier than you think.

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