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Employment Insurance

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Can I get EI if I quit my job?

If you quit your job, you will not qualify for regular EI benefits unless you had "just cause". Just cause means you had to quit because you had no other reasonable choice.

When you quit your job without just cause, you cannot use any of the hours you worked at that job or any previous jobs to qualify for EI, even if you worked there for many years.

It is also considered quitting if you do not return to work when you are recalled after a layoff.

If you have a problem at work, it helps to show you tried to fix it . If the problem is so serious that it cannot be fixed, you might qualify for EI if you quit.