You may be qualified for Regular E.I. benefits if you have voluntarily quit your job to attend an approved training course(s) referred by an authorized employment counselor or officer (e.g. Employment Ontario career counselor). Or else, you will be consider as voluntarily leaved your job therefore be disqualified for E.I. If qualified, you may be payable for E.I. benefits for the first 1-2 weeks of no work before your approved training begins even you declared unavailable to look for work in your bi-weekly E.I. report.
Please refer to your provincial Ministry of Education to find out more about training programs that’s available in your province.
Money received during E.I.
If your training approval authority provides training allowances (e.g. child care reimbursement) the money you received does not consider as earnings, therefore you do not need to report it. All other part-time earnings must be reported.
What if I’m sick during training period?
If you have fall sick during your regular E.I. period and did not attend school for those sick days, you may simply declare it on your bi-weekly report. If your sickness is prolonged, you need to contact E.I. call centre to convert your claim from regular to sickness benefits. Make sure to inform your training provider for the change of status.