Step-1 Employment Insurance (EI) Application process for those on Lay-off -October 18th to October 24th 2020

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Brothers and Sisters,

Please follow these basic guidelines to help ensure your EI application goes smoothly.

Here is a checklist to assist you

  • -Make an ONLINE application for Regular benefits on the Service Canada website.
  • -Use the Reference code provided below and ONLY this code.  Input exactly as it is shown.
  • -Wait a MINIMUM of 2 days or until you receive a PIN code in the mail to report earnings.
  • -Go ONLINE to the Service Canada website and REPORT your earnings during the timeframe asked.

The Reference Code for this layoff (Sunday, October 18nd to Saturday, October 24th, 2020) is:


If you work Sunday October 18, 2020 you MUST report these earnings to EI.

Frequently asked Question,

Question: What if I had reported a return to work and closed my claim?

Answer: You should apply for Regular benefits using the reference code provided.

Question: What if I had been reporting to keep my claim open but received a message that my claim was closed and no more reports would be accepted?

Answer: You should apply for Regular benefits with the reference code provided.

Question: What if I had continued my reports and my claim is still open?

Answer: You do NOT need to re-apply and can simply continue your reports.

Question: Do I report the P&Q bonus of $7250.00 when reporting my income?

Answer: DO NOT report the P&Q bonus.  This money is allocated to pay periods throughout the contract and not considered income for the week it was issued or the week of the layoff.

Important Notes

  • Given the current state of the Country and the amount of EI claims being submitted, expect delays in processing your claim
  • The EI application ONLINE, may be VERY slow due to a high volume of applications being submitted throughout Canada at any given time.
  • Ensure you write down the TEMPORARY CODE when prompted to do so, this temporary code will allow you to go back into your application, should you be kicked off the website.

Employment Insurance (EI) Regular Benefits

The purpose of this notification is to provide the necessary information to file for Employment Insurance Benefits for any active Unifor Local 707 Unit #1 (Ford) members that are laid off for: PP44 Week beginning Sunday, October 18th  to Saturday, October 24th, 2020.

(Read the following information very carefully, so that you clearly understand your rights and responsibilities when applying for EI)

There are two steps involved in this processOne, you must apply for EI benefits.  Two, you must report your earnings and your return to work date.  You cannot do both steps on the same day.


If eligible you may choose to apply EI Benefits ONLY IF:

1.         You remain available for work.

  • This means you are remaining within two hours from your home and in the province of Ontario.
  • This means you will report to work any day, Monday through Friday, should the Ford Motor Company, or any other employer call upon you to do so.

2.         You accurately report to Service Canada.

  • Any absences from Ontario.
  • All gross earnings during the week of Sunday, October 18th to Saturday, October 24th, 2020, this includes any worked hours, vacation pay form the Ford Motor Company, any other employer or any type of self-employment.

Note: If you are working at the Ford Motor Company and have wages or vacation of more than 24 hours or are in receipt Sickness and Accident (S&A) or WSIB payments during this down week, DO NOT apply for EI Benefits at this time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not willing to remain available for work or accurately report all absences and earnings you should not apply for EI Benefits. If Service Canada were to determine you knowingly withheld information or misrepresented the facts to make a false claim, they will consider it an act of committing fraud; as such you may be financially penalized and/or prosecuted.

New Employment Insurance Claim (EI waiting periods NOT served)

Any person starting a brand new EI claim, or serving a waiting period on an existing claim will have any monies earned or received deducted dollar for dollar from any benefit that would otherwise be payable.

Therefore, individuals with any vacation pay or work earnings during the layoff from Sunday, October 18th to Saturday, October 24th, 2020 should seriously consider whether it is worth applying for EI at this time.

As during any Employment Insurance waiting period an individual with gross earnings in excess of $573.00 (the maximum allowable earnings in a waiting period), would not be able to establish a waiting period during this time.

Already Established Employment Insurance Claim (EI waiting periods served)

For those with existing EI claims with a waiting period already served and established by Service Canada, you are eligible to receive a weekly Employment Insurance benefit and any benefit will be reduced by approximately 50% of any gross earnings you report for the week. IF you have no earnings during the week of Sunday, October 18th to Saturday, October 24th, 2020 you will be entitled to an EI benefit, to a maximum of $573.00.

Additional Information

Please note you will be asked to provide your last day worked or paid, which for most, will be Friday, October 16th, 2020.  For those who are asked to work during the weekend, please reflect the last day worked correctly, and remember any earnings for work performed on Sunday, October 18nd, 2020 will be considered earnings for the week of Sunday, October 18th to Saturday, October 24th, 2020 and may exceed any allowable earnings for EI purposes.

The Ford Motor Company of Canada will submit a Record of Employment (ROE) electronically to Service Canada on your behalf; therefore, you do not need to request copies from Ford payroll.                                                                       

However, if you do not have an established Employment Insurance claim, to obtain the required insurable hours to qualify for Regular EI benefits you may need to request a ROE from any past employers that you may have had over the last 52 week period, which did not previously send your ROE electronically to Service Canada. If your previous employer provides you with a paper format ROE take the Record to a Service Canada outlet or you can pass it on to the In-plant UNIFOR Benefit Office and it will be delivered to Service Canada on your behalf.

Shortly after you complete the application online you will receive a 4-digit Personal Access Code in the mail to use for completing your reports either by phone or online.  This 4-digit code will be the same for your lifetime.  However, you must wait until your application is processed before you can use it to report.   It is important to complete your reports, for all the time you were unpaid, in a timely manner.  Three (3) weeks is considered timely.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your EI claim or application you can access your EI account online by signing up for ‘My Service Canada’ account. If it is necessary to call the inquiry line at 1-800-206-7218, be sure to provide the reference code above to ensure you receive the information that pertains to the ‘Automotive Employment Insurance Application’.