Can I get EI if I was fired?

It depends on why you were fired. If Service Canada says you were fired because of “misconduct”, they will not give you benefits.

Misconduct usually means doing something wrong on purpose. Misconduct is more than not being able to do the job well. Here are some examples that could be misconduct:

  • threatening someone or being violent
  • destroying company property on purpose
  • being away from work without permission
  • not obeying an order from your employer

It is often unclear if what a worker does is misconduct.

Service Canada decides if you were fired for misconduct, not your employer. So you should apply, even if you were fired.

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