Something that You might be Confused When You Apply for an EI in Canada

The EI (Employment Insurance) is a kind of benefit in Canada since you have already paid the employment insurance when you are working. There are some popular questions which most of EI appliers want to make clarify. For example, If you are receiving EI benefit but you get a new job, how the existing EI should be handled? or if you are still waiting for the EI benefit and you get a new job, how should you do ?

I will try to update the information from government website.

Today we are going to copy some important information from Canada government website, hope it can answer most of confusing questions for us first:

If you started a new Employment Insurance (EI) claim within the last 52 weeks and there are still weeks payable on that claim, we will automatically reactivate (renew) your existing claim when you submit your application.

In some cases, it may be to your advantage to cancel or end your old claim and start a new claim, because this may increase the amount of your benefits or the length of your benefit period.

You must decide whether or not to cancel or renew a claim based on your own personal situation.

It is important to consider:

If your claim is reactivated and you work after the start of that claim, you may be able to establish a new claim when your existing claim runs out.
In order to establish a new claim you must have enough insurable hours and meet the qualifying conditions for a new claim.
If a new claim is established instead of reactivating your existing claim, the remaining weeks payable on the existing claim will be lost.
Additionally, a two-week unpaid waiting period must be served on a new claim before you are entitled to receive payment.

The original information is on this page.