Have you been fired or laid off?
Can I get EI benefits if I was fired?
If you are unemployed and looking for work, you may be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) benefits even if you were fired. It depends on the reason you were fired. If EI staff say you were fired because of "misconduct", they will not give you benefits.
Misconduct usually means doing something wrong on purpose. Misconduct is more than simply not being able to do the job well. Here are some examples that could be seen as misconduct:
- threatening or violent behaviour
- destroying company property on purpose
- being late or away from work without permission
- disobeying an order from your employer
Misconduct cases are often unclear, so you should apply for EI even if you were fired.
Your employer must prepare a Record of Employment (ROE). Your employer can either give you a paper copy of your ROE or send your ROE to the government electronically.
If your employer sends your ROE to the government electronically, they do not have to give you a copy and you do not need a copy to apply for EI. But you can get a copy from Service Canada if you want one.
It is easier to apply for EI with the ROE. But you should apply for EI right away, even if you do not have your ROE yet. Bring proof of your employment, such as pay stubs and T4 slips. If you do not apply within 4 weeks after your employment ends, you will probably get fewer EI payments.
If you are having problems applying for EI or getting your ROE, you can call the Service Canada EI information line at 1-800-206-7218.
If you do not qualify for EI or you are waiting for EI, you may be able to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW).