If you are an apprentice and have been directed by the Province of Ontario to attend full-time classroom training as part of your Apprenticeship Training Program, you may be eligible to receive EI benefits while attending school. The Province does not direct apprentices to attend the Stratford Chef School for their training. The Stratford Chef School has control of who is accepted as a student, and in turn registered as an apprentice to their Sponsor Group. The Province has no input as to which applicants are successfully accepted into the program.
Your EI benefit application must be submitted online from the Service Canada website. To ensure that your claim is processed without delay, you are encouraged to apply immediately after your last day of work or no later than 14 days after the last day worked or the last day paid.
You will receive further details regarding the EI application process, including the required 16 digit reference code, from Service Canada upon your acceptance to the apprenticeship program.
You do not need your Record of Employment* to apply for EI benefits online, but it is needed to calculate your benefits. The easiest way to submit your Record of Employment is to give it to the Service Canada representative when you meet on Orientation Day.
*Your employer must provide you with a Record of Employment within five days once you have finished working.