I lost my job for reasons beyond my control. Can I get EI?
Question & AnswerI lost my job for reasons beyond my control. Can I get EI?
5. Find out if you qualify for assistance from Ontario Works
You might have to wait several weeks before you get a payment because EI applications can take a long time to process. If you need money while you wait, you might be able to get financial assistance from Ontario Works (OW).
If you qualify, you might get from OW for several weeks before you get your EI benefits.
- whether you’re eligible for OW assistance
- the amount of assistance you get
When you start getting EI benefits, you might still qualify for assistance from OW if the amount you get from EI is less than your OW assistance.