I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to me to apply for EI or not (I already submitted a claim, but I will just leave it dormant in this situation).
I work for a school board in a 10 month contract non-teaching support position (and, of course, I was temporarily laid off from July to August). My coworkers/union are encouraging me to apply for EI, apparently they all apply for EI during the summer.
However, I am sort of confused about applying for it in this situation. I'm definitely unemployed during these two months, but I'm not particularly looking for a job (I know my return to work date)... isn't that a requirement for EI? I doubt that all my coworkers are looking for jobs during these two months, so I don't get how they do it. Are they all applying to jobs and not going to interviews or whatever? Doesn't Service Canada ask for proof of job searching?
I'm not sure if I should cancel my claim or just start looking for jobs to get it. What am I doing wrong here? I feel like there's something I'm not understanding in this situation! How are all my coworkers getting EI and not looking for jobs? Just lying?