Applying for employment insurance

What are my rights?

If I voluntarily quit my job, I can receive employment insurance benefits.
  • Yes
  • No
  • Maybe

Imagine that one day — through an unfortunate twist of fate — you find yourself out of work. Maybe you get laid off as a result of your employer downsizing. Or maybe you suffer a serious injury that keeps you in bed for several months. This is where the employment insurance program comes in. Learn about EI benefits, and how to apply.

What you should know

Apply for EI benefits 

Common questions

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in October 2022
  • Time to read: 11 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Trevor Thomas, Ascent Employment Law

Trevor Thomas

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