Employment Insurance Information for OTs
Applying for EI
If you're not a retiree, you should apply for EI once the last day of school is done. It may take a while for the Board to get your Record of Employment (ROE) in since our last pay date is in July, but EI will backdate your claim to your date of application.
You can file claims by visiting: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/
To apply for EI, click here.
During the application process, indicate that you have not received a ROE.
The board has been informed by Service Canada that effective the 2018 Summer Processing period there will no longer be Reference Codes required for school related EI applications.
According to Service Canada, recent modernization and transformation of the EI application process and with enhancements to internal work tools Service Canada can offer the same level of service to applicants without the use of reference codes.
Service Canada has also indicated that supplemental information is forth coming; however, the board has not received anything to date. Once received it will be posted on our OTBU website and on the HR web page on the board's intranet.
Getting your Record of Employment
Your Record of Employment will be automatically filed by DCDSB once the final pay period of June has been processed. The ROE will be sent electronically to EI, so no action is required on your part.
If you already have filed an EI claim based on another job, EI will take the ROE from DCDSB, re-evaluate your claim and adjust accordingly (upwards, as there'll be more income).
All Records of Employment issued by our Board are submitted electronically - so you will not be receiving a hard copy of your record. It can be viewed in your My Service Canada account.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours do you need? How many weeks will you get?
The number of hours required to qualify for employment insurance varies according to the unemployment rate in a region. Similarly, the number of hours you have accumulated will determine how many weeks of EI you qualify for. Each teaching day is 7 hours for daily assignments and 8 hours for LTOs longer than 3 consecutive months (Article 1:08 of our Collective Agreement).
To look these up online, use the EI postal code search tool.
As of January, 2018, for the economic region of Oshawa (Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington), 700 hours are required to qualify for EI, which will entitle you to a minimum number of 14 weeks of benefits and a maximum number of 36 weeks. Always use the postal code search tool (above) to get the most up to date numbers. For Toronto, Ajax and Pickering (Toronto region), you need also 700 hours. For Peterborough and points north and east (Central Ontario region), you need 700 hours.
For maternity and sickness benefits leave, 600 hours are required.
If you have any further questions about EI contact your local Service Canada office, or call them at 1-800-206-7218.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) also has some good pamphlets on EI here. Information on EI may also be found below.
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