Employment Insurance: How do I get retraining?
- March 25, 2009 1:22 PM |
- By Your Voice
Submitted by J in Calgary
My take: I moved to Calgary in September of 2008 and I found a well-paying job within days of arriving.
January came and I got laid off. I have applied for E.I. benefits, however I did not qualify because I am short on the required hours. At my previous job I was considered a "self-employed" worker, therefore I cannot use those hours towards my claim.
What am I to do? I have to move in with friends at the end of this month because I have run out of money and can't afford my apartment.
I saw on the news earlier today that the government has set aside $500 million dollars to train and re-train those who have been laid off.
How do I benefit from this? I have searched the government website and I have not found any useful information. There is a section that talks about the money but does not explain where to line up for it. It raises a lot of questions.
How do I get training? How do I support myself while I get training? Can the government make it easier for those who don't have enough hours to get E.I.?
I have so many questions and I don't know who to ask. These last two months have been so stressful. I really don't know what the future holds for me now that I can't supplement my income with a little extra help from E.I. benefits. Maybe welfare is in my future. Maybe I will have to file for bankruptcy.
I'm so disheartened.
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