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Frequently Asked Questions



Q. If I was being harassed by my employer and quit my job, can I still apply for employment insurance benefits?

A. We encourage you to apply for employment insurance benefits and the worker from Service Canada who is assigned to your file will consider all relevant information before making a decision. You would still need the minimum number of hours in your previous 52 weeks to qualify.

Q. I am a farm worker, do I receive overtime benefits?

A. Farm workers are exempt from overtime pay. It's one of the issues that our program continues to advocate to have rules changed.

Q. How many hours do I need to qualify

for employment insurance sickness and regular benefits?

A. For sickness benefits you need 600 hours in the past 52 weeks. For regular benefits its dependent on the rate of unemployment in your region. You will never need more than 700 hours to qualify for regular benefits. 

Rules governing benefits can change on short notice. 

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Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society

12725 80 Ave #205, Surrey, BC V3W 3A6

Ph: 604-596-7722

Gurpreet Ext # 134

Email: gurpreet.pabla@pics.bc.ca

Archway Community Services

(formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services)

2420 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S9


Ph: 604-859-7681 Ext # 307

Email: gurcharan.dhillon@archway.ca


Ph: 604-859-7681 Ext #315

Email: sarbjit.gill@archway.ca  


Ph: 778-808-8883

Email: claudia.stoehr@archway.ca


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed