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My term is ending, and my employer asks if I would be “interested” in another city, if I don’t accept do I still get EI

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Nov 11, 2016
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My term is ending, and my employer asks if I would be “interested” in another city, if I don’t accept do I still get EI

So situation is my term is ending soon, however my employer asked me if I “would be interested” in moving to another city as an extension as there’s positions available there and they’re looking for staff, and said it’s up to me if I want to accept.

Personally, I don’t want to go to the other city, as it’s a very small town and personally it’s not in line with my goals. I would like to go to the city of my interest looking for work rather while receiving EI instead of moving to a location I’d rather not be in. Would I still be able to receive EI if I say I’m not interested?
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Yes you will. Make sure your ROE doesn't say you quit.

On another note...another freeloader...
Canada should stop paying EI to people who are on contract. So you work a 3 month contract and take like 10x the benefit you paid for? How does that make sense?
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I’ve worked a lot more than 3 months now...almost a year
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As long as your ROE indicates something other than quit you should be okay. Generally when a contract employee reaches the end of his/her contract and there is no renewal, you would be entitled to claim EI. However, since your employer offered you employment at another location, you may be out of luck since service Canada may look at that as quitting.
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EI only gives you 55% of your salary, if you have $ problem then it might be consider accepting the offer.
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604shizzle wrote: As long as your ROE indicates something other than quit you should be okay. Generally when a contract employee reaches the end of his/her contract and there is no renewal, you would be entitled to claim EI. However, since your employer offered you employment at another location, you may be out of luck since service Canada may look at that as quitting.
Since the new position is in another city, I don’t think it should be an issue.

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CNeufeld wrote: Since the new position is in another city, I don’t think it should be an issue.

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I've always been curious, but under "EI rules", if one works in Toronto and they offer you a job in say Oakville or Burlington, would that count as being "a new city"? Or is there some sort of distance limit which constitutes a 'new city' before you are eligible for EI?
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your afraid to go to work in another city? when I was your age, every week I worked in a different city all across ontario. Yup Travelling was part of my job. I did not complain. Either I take the money and pay off bills, or be lazy and go on UI (now its called EI but used to be called UI back in the day)
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winner2000 wrote: I've always been curious, but under "EI rules", if one works in Toronto and they offer you a job in say Oakville or Burlington, would that count as being "a new city"? Or is there some sort of distance limit which constitutes a 'new city' before you are eligible for EI?
i'd say it depends how far it is. those 2 cities you cite, it'd involve an extra hour or so of commute. a lot of workers do that kind of drive every day for work. if it were 2 hour plus (each way), i'd consider that new city as it'd probably be wiser moving there than commuting every day
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winner2000 wrote: I've always been curious, but under "EI rules", if one works in Toronto and they offer you a job in say Oakville or Burlington, would that count as being "a new city"? Or is there some sort of distance limit which constitutes a 'new city' before you are eligible for EI?
Most employers don't consider Oakville as a new city if you live in Etobicoke.

I don't think the EI office once to start getting into forcing workers to move to a different town. Think of all the abuses employers can do if this was the case.
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Do you mind if I ask what city you are currently working in and what city they are offering to relocate you?

Things to keep in mind is that you could ask for stipulations such as moving costs and possible more money for doing so but those are all negotiating tactics IF they require more people.
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winner2000 wrote: I've always been curious, but under "EI rules", if one works in Toronto and they offer you a job in say Oakville or Burlington, would that count as being "a new city"? Or is there some sort of distance limit which constitutes a 'new city' before you are eligible for EI?
I think it would depend on the situation. If the old jab was a 2 hour commute away, and the new job is a 2 hour commute away, they might not accept an excuse of the commute. But if you could demonstrate a need to be in the old city, or the commute was too strenuous (no easy transit, for example), then yeah, they may look at it differently. That’s why there’s an appeal process.

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GoodFellaz wrote: your afraid to go to work in another city? when I was your age, every week I worked in a different city all across ontario. Yup Travelling was part of my job. I did not complain. Either I take the money and pay off bills, or be lazy and go on UI (now its called EI but used to be called UI back in the day)
It’s just not in line with my goals to go to that city. Personally to me, it feels if I take that step I get farther away from my goals. That’s all.
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Must be nice to be in a place in life where you can turn down a job to be unemployed.
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CNeufeld wrote: I think it would depend on the situation. If the old jab was a 2 hour commute away, and the new job is a 2 hour commute away, they might not accept an excuse of the commute. But if you could demonstrate a need to be in the old city, or the commute was too strenuous (no easy transit, for example), then yeah, they may look at it differently. That’s why there’s an appeal process.

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The OP has not said where they want to move the job from and to.

There have been cases where the commute difference is less than 50km, they have turned down the application for Unemployment Insurance.

The fact that the OP doesn't want to mention the cities makes me believe that they aren't really that far from each other.

I mean, maybe Vaughan is quite far and remote from Downtown Toronto for the OP.
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there are tenant lease agreements terms of which are no business of service canada...

actually, under harper I think it was a 50 km radius which was deemed reasonable for my wife to take public transit, she was denied under that circumstance ( following mat leave - no love lost here when he got the boot)

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