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Employment Insurance

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If I was fired or I quit, what will happen when I apply for EI?

When you apply for EI, you will have to answer questions on a special form if you quit or were fired.

If you quit, you will be asked:

  • why you quit
  • if you tried to fix the problem at work before you left
  • if you tried to get other work before you quit

If you were fired, you will be asked:

  • why you were fired
  • if you received warnings
  • if you tried to fix the problem

Once you have filled in the form, EI staff may interview you by phone or in person. They may also contact your employer. They will then decide if you quit without just cause or were fired for misconduct.

If they decide that you were fired for misconduct or quit without just cause, they will send you a letter that says you are “disqualified” from receiving regular EI benefits. However, you might still be eligible for the special benefits discussed on Can I get other special EI benefits if I have been penalized or disqualified?

The letter will also tell you that you have the right to ask them to reconsider their decision. You must ask for this in writing within 30 days. For more information, see How do I ask for a reconsideration?