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What happens if I give information that is not true?

It is against the law to knowingly give false or misleading information in connection with an EI claim. Some examples of this are:

  • not telling the EI staff about all of your earnings
  • lying about being available for work
  • changing information on your Record of Employment

Penalties for giving false or misleading information can be very severe:

  • You will have to pay back all the EI money you should not have received.
  • You might also have to pay as much as 3 times your weekly benefit for every false statement that EI staff think you have made.
  • Criminal charges can be laid against you.

EI staff can also give you a "notice of violation". Violations stay on your EI record for 5 years. While a violation is on your record, you have to work hundreds of extra hours before you can qualify for a new claim.

If you have received a penalty or notice of violation, you have the right to ask EI to reconsider the decision. You must do this in writing within 30 days. See, How do I ask for a reconsideration?