EI benefits no longer available to temporary foreign workers out of status in Canada

Henry Chang

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has announced that Employment Insurance (EI) benefits will no longer be available to temporary foreign workers who are no longer authorized to remain in Canada.

Prior to this announcement, a former temporary foreign worker with an expired SIN or work permit could still collect EI benefits from outside Canada. As of December 9, 2012, only those workers who are legally allowed to live and work in Canada will receive such benefits (i.e. those who
have a valid SIN).

As mentioned in the August edition of Blaneys on Immigration, a temporary foreign worker who holds a three-year work permit and is laid off after the first year is still technically in status for the remaining period of that work permit. Therefore, such workers should still be entitled to claim EI benefits.

 

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