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It was created to provide general EI information only.


Working While on Claim applies to EI claimants in one of the following types of EI benefits:

How is the earning deduction calculated?

If you earn money while receiving EI benefits, you can keep 50 cents of your benefits for every dollar you earn, up to 90 percent of your previous weekly earnings (roughly four and a half days of work). Above this cap, your EI benefits are deducted dollar-for-dollar.

You are not eligible to receive EI benefits if you work a full week, regardless of the amount you earn. However, this will not reduce the total number of weeks payable on your claim.

How is my earning deducted from EI?

How do I file my EI report when I’m earning work income?

While you have wage earning while on EI, you must report it in your EI bi-weekly report. Please ensure to say “yes” to Have you worked in the past weeks’ question. Further into the following page, it will ask you if the job you are working is a full-time job. What it tries to ask here is if the job is a permanent job. Make sure to say no to this question. If you say yes, the EI system will shut your claim down thinking you have found a full-time permanent position. Later, it will ask for the employer’s telephone number, your gross weekly earnings, and hours worked.

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