Employment insurance (EI) and teachers
Federal employment insurance
Specific information about employment insurance (EI) for teachers is available from the Government of CanadaRead more
Regular benefits are available to you if you
- have lost your job through no fault of your own,
- are able to work and
- are temporarily unable to find work.
You are eligible to apply for regular benefits if you
- have paid EI premiums,
- have been without work for at least seven consecutive days and
- have worked a specified number of hours based on the unemployment rate in your area.
If you are approved for regular benefits, you must
- “actively seek employment” throughout a claim and
- keep records of your job search for EI audit purposes.
Special benefits are available in these situations:
- Maternity leave
- Parental/adoption leave
- Sickness benefits
- Compassionate care benefits
Special benefit periods sometimes happen during regular benefit periods. To determine if you qualify for combined benefits, contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.
Generally, your EI benefits depend on your contract status.
Are you a substitute teacher, a part-time teacher or a teacher who works only a portion of a full year? Keep a record of your weekly hours in case you need it for EI. For more information, refer to this article from the ATA News.