Humanities › Issues Canadian Employment Insurance Applications When, How, and Where to Apply for Employment Insurance in Canada Share Flipboard Email Print stacey_newman/Getty Images Issues Canadian Government The U. S. Government U.S. Foreign Policy U.S. Liberal Politics U.S. Conservative Politics Women's Issues Civil Liberties The Middle East Terrorism Race Relations Immigration Crime & Punishment Animal Rights View More By Susan Munroe Canadian Culture Expert B.A., Political Science, Carleton University Susan Munroe is a public affairs and communications professional based in Canada. our editorial process Susan Munroe Updated October 28, 2019 Apply for Employment Insurance as soon as you stop working, even if you haven't received your (ROE). Be sure to submit your Canadian Employment Insurance application within four weeks of your last day of work, or you may lose benefits. You should receive your ROE from your last employer within five days of becoming unemployed. Some employers submit ROEs electronically, in which case you do not need to submit a copy to Service Canada. If you have difficulty getting an ROE from an employer, go to your Service Canada Centre or contact Service Canada at 1 800 206-7218 to find out how to get your ROE and what is needed to calculate your claim. Employment Insurance Application Form When making an application for Canadian Employment Insurance benefits, you will need to give the following information: Social Insurance Number (SIN), and the SIN of the other parent if applying for parental benefitsMother's maiden namePersonal identification, such as a driver's license or birth certificate, if you apply in person at a Service Canada CentreRecord of Employment (ROE) from each job for the last 52 weeksBank information or a blank personal cheque marked VOID, so Employment Insurance benefits can be paid by direct depositEmployment details, including gross salary (before deductions and including tips and commissions), gross salary for the last week of work from Sunday to the last day, and other amounts received or still coming, such as vacation pay and severance pay. You'll need to provide the names and addresses of your employers, including postal codesDates of weeks in the last 52 that you did not work and whyMedical certificate if you are claiming sickness benefits or applying for compassionate care benefitsAdoption certificate if you are an adoptive parent claiming parental benefits Where to Apply for Employment Insurance You can apply for Canadian Employment Insurance in person by going to the Service Canada Centre nearest you.