How do I qualify for these EI benefits?

Usually, you need to have worked at least 600 hours in the last 12 months. In some cases, you can go back more than 12 months.

But if you got EI benefits any time in the last 12 months, you can only count the time since those benefits started.

Any hours you were on paid leave count as hours worked.

If you got a violation for breaking EI rules any time in the past 5 years, you need more than 600 hours.

A violation is a penalty Service Canada gives you if you tell them something related to your EI claim that you know is not true or accurate.

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