EI Regular Benefits - Overview

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We encourage all Canadians to sign up for direct deposit to avoid delays. Direct deposit is the most efficient and surest method of payment that will not be impacted by a postal disruption.

In the event of a Canada Post service disruption, Employment Insurance (EI) clients who cannot sign up for direct deposit can call the EI Call Centre to get their cheque re-issued.

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1. Overview

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job.

Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.

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