As many of the programs we offer provide living supports or funding that is dependent on joint Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia funding, eligibility for Employment Insurance is a required prerequisite for some specific programs.
Eligibility for the Employment Insurance program has changed recently and anyone who might be needing to access funding should be aware of the changes.
Definition of EI Client
The amendment to the BC / Canada Labour Market Development Agreement included a new definition of EI Client, expanding EI reachback eligibility to 60 months (5 years). The EPBC definition of EI Client has been updated to reflect the new wording.
The new definition is:
“EI Client” means an unemployed person who, when requesting EPBC Services;
- is an Active EI Claimant, or
- had an EI benefit period that ended within the previous 60 months, or
- c) has a benefit period established under a “provincial plan” as that term is defined in section 76.01 of the Employment Insurance Regulations, or has had that benefit period end within the previous 60 months, and who would have been entitled to receive special benefits under sections 22 or 23 of the EI Act had they not been entitled to receive provincial benefits, as this term is defined in section 76.01 of the Employment Insurance Regulations, under the provincial plan.