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Am I Eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits (EI)?

To meet the EI Eligibility criteria for this program, you must:

  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada

  • Meet the WorkBC definition of unemployed or underemployed (click here for definitions)

In addition, you must also meet one of the four criteria below:

  • Be currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI), OR

  • Have received EI benefits that ended in the past five years, OR

  • Have received EI Maternity or Parental benefits that began in the past five years, OR

  • Have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years*

*(Note: The 5 years do not have to be consecutive years, but must be EI insurable.
Self-employment or under-the-table earnings do not count.)

If you have a SIN number that begins with 900, you must also have an application for permanent residency in process

Stillwater Consulting is not responsible for determining access to Employment Insurance Benefits. To confirm your eligibility, please contact your local WorkBC office.