If you have lost your job while attending school and have accumulated enough insurable hours, you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits as a student.
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If a student has lost their job and has accumulated enough insurable hours, they may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits as a student. However, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to qualify. The student must have been working prior to losing their job and must have accumulated at least 420-700 hours (depending on the region) of insurable employment. The student must also be available and willing to work, and actively seeking employment.
According to Service Canada, “students who are enrolled in full-time studies are not usually considered to be available for work.” However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if a student’s classes are only offered at night, they may still qualify for EI during the day. Additionally, if a student is laid off during a scheduled break (such as summer break), they may qualify for EI during that time.
It is important for students to be aware of the regulations regarding EI benefits and to apply as soon as possible if they believe they may be eligible. According to the Government of Canada, “if you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.”
In summary, it is possible to collect EI benefits as a student if certain conditions are met, including having accumulated enough insurable hours and actively seeking employment. It is crucial to understand the regulations surrounding EI benefits and to apply promptly if eligible.
| Condition | Eligibility |
| — | — |
| Worked prior to losing job | Yes |
| Accumulated insurable hours | 420-700 hours |
| Available and willing to work | Yes |
| Actively seeking employment | Yes |
| Enrolled in full-time studies | Not usually considered available for work |
Quote: “Unemployment is like a headache or a high temperature—unpleasant and exhausting but not carrying in itself any explanation of its cause.” – William Henry Beveridge
- In Canada, unemployment benefits are administered by the federal government through Service Canada.
- The amount of EI benefits received is based on an individual’s insurable earnings and the unemployment rate in their region.
- The length of time an individual can receive EI benefits varies depending on the region and the length of time they have worked.
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The YouTube video “Unemployment Assistance for Students | WHAT TO KNOW” discusses pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) available for students who lost their jobs due to the pandemic under the CARES Act. The PUA allows workers seeking part-time jobs and those without sufficient work history to qualify for unemployment benefits. However, the federal work-study program and on-campus jobs are usually not eligible for work, although some colleges have tried to continue paying students through remote jobs or work-study payments. The timeliness of receiving unemployment benefits as a student varies by state, and eligibility can depend on various factors such as where one applies. Therefore, the video recommends students apply for unemployment benefits if they need assistance.
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Have you lost your job after several years in the workforce? If so, starting on August 5, 2018, Service Canada may permit you to continue receiving EI benefits while attending a full-time program of your choice provided by an approved educational institution. You must pay for the training yourself.
To collect EI, students must meet certain criteria. They must have a current regular EI claim, have been out of secondary school for a minimum of 12 months, be successfully accepted to an “eligible” training program, and have financial resources to pay all “training costs” including tuition and books. However, EI won’t pay client benefits if they are considered a Full Time student.
Have a current regular EI claim; Must have been out of secondary school for a minimum of 12 months; Successfully accepted to an “eligible” training program; Have financial resources to pay all “training costs” including tuition and books.
EI won’t pay client benefits if they are considered a Full Time student. By classification your either considered a Full time student or a Full time worker – even if you can manage doing both.
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Some students may not be eligible to continue receiving their EI benefits while attending school. Apprentices do not need to seek approval from CSS and are eligible to continue to receive EI benefits while attending technical training.