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Employment Insurance

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Do I have to take any job?

No, but you must apply for and accept any job that EI staff consider suitable for you.

A job can be considered suitable if:

  • your health and physical abilities allow you to commute to work and do the job,
  • the hours of work are compatible with your family obligations and religious beliefs, and
  • doing the work would not be against your religious or moral beliefs.

A job is not considered suitable if it is available because of a strike or lockout.

You can begin by looking for work in your usual occupation or other occupations with similar pay and work conditions. But if you haven’t found a job after a “reasonable” time, EI staff can require you to look for work in other occupations even if it pays less than you usually earn.

If EI staff decides that you refused a suitable job, or that you knew about one but did not apply for it, they will disqualify you for 7 to 12 weeks. If you disagree with their decision, you can ask them to reconsider it. You must do this in writing within 30 days. For more information, see How do I ask for a reconsideration?