EI Benefits

Once the Apprentice has signed their Registered Training Agreement (RTA) with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), they need to become a member of the Ontario College of Trades (College) in the Apprentice Class.


The new Apprentice has 90 days to join the College ($60.00 + HST) in the Apprentice Class once they sign their RTA. If they do not apply and pay their membership fee within the 90 days, their RTA with the ministry will be cancelled. The Apprentice can work and/or go to school for their apprenticeship during this 90-day period. (Please note, the 90-day period may be reduced to 60 or 30 days in the near future, so it may be best to tell them to sign-up within 30 days)


Here is the Apprentices Membership Guide form from our website with helpful information you can distribute to your Apprentices… http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/ApprenticesMembershipGuide_31_03_2014_EN.pdf


Apprentices can fill out the online College Membership form here… http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/memberApplicationFillable_EN.pdf


I contacted Employment Insurance, and Apprentices can apply for EI a maximum of two weeks prior to their start of class. Applying early for EI will significantly speed up how quickly they will receive their benefits.

  • They will need their 16-digit reference code to apply early for EI.
  • They should also know what the date of their last day of work will be.
  • This will set up a “skeleton” claim to speed up the process later, although the claim cannot be fully calculated until they submit their Record of Employment (ROE). The Employer will not usually produce the ROE until their last day of work.
  • The employer can file the Apprentice’s ROE on their last day of work online, by signing up for the free and secure service called “ROE Web” here… http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/ei/employers/roe/web/index.shtml?utm_source=vanity+URL&utm_medium=Multi-Media,+Main+URL&utm_term=/roeweb&utm_content=ROE+Branding,+eng&utm_campaign=ROE+on+the+web
  • As long as there are no contentious issues, the claim should then be activated very quickly and the Apprentice should receive their benefits early in their school term. Contentious issues may be that they were fired or quit from a previous employer, have a WCB claim that they have not provided information on, were self-employed, etc.
Apprentices can apply for EI online here… http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/application/employmentinsurance.shtml