It is not a problem collecting E.I. benefits while studying as long as you have demonstrated the following:

  1. You must show that you are unemployed, able and willing to work and actively looking for suitable work.
  2. You must show, without a doubt, that taking a course is not an obstacle to your active job search or to your acceptance of appropriate employment.

In other word, if you are going to take a course at night or in the weekend, that is not within the general business hours (9am to 5pm), you can rest assure that you can keep going to school and collect your E.I. benefits. You must inform Service Canada that you are going to school by completing a Training Course Form. You can also declare your participation in a course or a training program by completing and submitting the “Course or Training Program” form through Service Canada’s online account .

Before enrolling into any training school, make sure you have completed the Training Course Form and submit it at your local Service Canada centre for approval. (E.I. processing timeframe) Please keep in mind that you must make sure to choose courses that are not affecting your availability to look or accept work. E.g. night course or weekend class. If you have not demonstrated the availability to look for work, you might be denied further E.I. until you prove otherwise. Once the decision has been made, you will receive a letter or a message under your Service Canada account.

Once your training is approved by E.I. processing, then you will have to declare your training hours when completing the reports that cover the weeks of your training period.

Approved Training

Provincial government funded employment centres (e.g. Employment Ontario) refer E.I. clients to various training that helps improved work skills. When you are referred to a course, a training program, or to participate in an employment activity by a designated authority (e.g. Employment Ontario), you are still considered as unemployed, therefore you will continue to receive your E.I. benefits. In this situation, you must make sure you mentioned on the Training Course Form that you have been referred by the approved employment centres.


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