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?