Yes, you are allow to work while on EI. To calculate the deduction against your weekly benefits, EI office will ask in your report to declare your total hours and gross amount earned for the specific EI week. There is no such thing as a maximum allowable hours your can work while on EI claim. If you are collecting regular, fishing, parental, compassionate care or parents of critically ill children benefits, and you are working in a part-time or occasional work, you have a choice of two options of earning deduction to choose from.

Option 1: Default rule

Under default rule, you will be able to keep 50 cents of your EI benefits for every dollar you earn, up to 90% of the weekly insurable earnings that EI office used to calculate your E.I. benefit amount. This 90% amount is called the earnings threshold. If you earn any money above the threshold, it will be deducted dollar for dollar from your E.I, weekly payment.

You may visit Service Canada’s website to see examples of calculations. Click here

Option 2: Optional rule

If you earn less than $75 or 40% (the threshold) of your weekly E.I. benefits, whichever was greater, your weekly benefit payment will not be reduced. However, weekly benefit will be deducted dollar for dollar for every dollars earned above this threshold. This rule penalized claimants who are gradually fitting back to workforce with more than one day of work per week. Under the new pilot project (aka Work While on Claim, WWC), introduce a new calculation that reflects a more realistic transitioning period from EI claimants.

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