The Ontario government is expanding the list of people who can request unemployment compensation in an automated system for information on employees who’ve been laid off.
The provincial government’s website has been updated to include information on layoffs and job changes.
The information is part of an effort to expand the coverage of the new Ontario Employment Insurance (OII) benefit program to help people find a job.
“This is an important piece of the Ontario Employment Income and Training program,” said the province’s minister of labour, Heidi Helps.
“This new system will allow people who have lost their jobs to make a claim and get an update on their status.”
The information on unemployment benefits can be obtained from the Ontario Job Centre and from the government’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).
Information can also be provided from the Canada Revenue Agency.
In 2018, there were 1,085,817 OII claimants.
The average age of claimants was 44.7.
Ontario’s unemployment insurance program has grown to provide a $50 monthly benefit for the first time.
Ontario was the only province in Canada to expand its program last year.