I recently graduated from my MBA course in February. However, I had bagged an internship, which started in May, with a

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Customer: I recently graduated from my MBA course in February. However, I had bagged an internship, which started in May, with a reputed multinational company before completing my course. Unfortunately, the job market went into a freeze right after that and I also lost my chance to convert my internship into a job. I am currently on a Post Graduation work-permit, thus I am not a citizen or a PR holder. Will I be able to get any relief from the government?
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Hello - My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who is able to answer questions about EI benefits.

Can you tell me how many hours you worked at the internship job so that I can see whether or not you qualify for EI benefits ?

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Hi Joanne, thanks a lot for your consideration. I worked 35 hours a week from may 5th to aug 24th
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Can you tell me your postal code so that I can check your rate of employment which determines how many insurable hours you need to qualify ?

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In the alternative, can you tell me which city you live in and I can also check your unemployment rate from that ?

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Oh sure. I live in toronto. My zip code is m6p 1g2
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My pay was $20 per hour. Just in case, if thats helpful
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I see - In that case, you need 420 insurable hours to qualify for regular EI benefits because the unemployment rate for Toronto is 13.7 % so you have enough to qualify. Since you have an open work permit, you qualify for EI benefits since you are available for work.

Hope this answers your question.

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What are insurable hours? I have definitely worked for more than 420 hours
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Oh i see now. So i should just go ahead and apply for EI
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The website for regular EI suggests that i submit "your detailed version of the facts (if you quit or have been dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks)".
What details should i enter here?
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My internship term ended and they didnt convert me because my manager couldnt get the headcount approval
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Did you employer give you a Record of Employment (ROE) when you internship was finished ? You need this ROE to apply for EI benefits and the ROE will state that reason you are no longer working for your employer.

Customer
Nope i dont have an roe. Itll probably just state that the stipulated internship term was over. However, i do have a letter of employment mentioning the role and dates of my employment.
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I can request for one if that would be mandatory
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But technically i neither quit, nor was i fired.
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In that case, I would suggest that you ask your employer for an ROE and the ROE should state that your employment was terminated due to a shortage of work. There is a code which the employer puts on the ROE for the reason for termination and I believe "A" is the code for shortage of work.

With this code, you are eligible for EI benefits. An ROE is mandatory because EI uses the information on it about your earnings to calculate your EI benefit amount. If your employer ROE will not give you one, you can still apply for EI benefits and the EI office will ask your employer for one.

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Ok. I shall do that.
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Thanks a lot for your help Joanne
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You are most welcome.

Thank you for using Just Answer.

All the best.

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