EI fishing benefits - Apply
What you need before you start
To receive fishing benefits, you must submit an Employment Insurance (EI) application online. You'll need the following information:
- your social insurance number (SIN)
- if your SIN begins with a "9," you'll need to supply proof of your immigration status and work permit
- date of birth
- the last name at birth of 1 of your parents
- your mailing and residential addresses, including the postal codes
- the names and addresses of all buyers of your catch and employers
- dates for the periods you were engaged in self-employed fishing and other periods of employment
- reasons for separation from any employment, including self-employment in fishing, for the last 52 weeks
- your complete banking information, including:
- your financial institution name
- your branch number
- your account number
To apply for EI fishing benefits, you must submit an application online.
You should apply no later than 4 weeks after:
- your last day of work
- the end date of your fishing trip, or
- the date you sold your catch to a buyer
You may lose benefits if you are late applying for benefits.
Records of employment
Employers issue records of employment (ROEs) to provide information about your work history. We use the information to determine:
- whether you're eligible to receive EI benefits
- how much you'll receive
You can visit My Service Canada Account to view ROEs that have been issued for you by past and recent employers.
Electronic ROEs are sent directly to us by your employer. You don't need to request copies from your employer and provide them to us.
If your employers issue paper ROEs, you must request copies of all ROEs issued for you during the past 52 weeks or since the start of your last claim, whichever is shorter. You'll need to provide them to us as soon as possible after you submit your application for EI benefits. You can mail them or drop them off at a Service Canada Centre.
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