It can be shocking to get laid off. One minute, you’re working, doing your thing, making jokes with your colleagues and the next minute you’re getting a call or a letter saying you no longer have a job. If you aren’t sure what to do next, that’s OK – we’ve got your back. We’ll show you what to do when you lose your job, how to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) and Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), how to tell your friends and family and what to do next if you just lost your job in Canada.
Know getting laid off isn’t your fault
Losing a job can be scary, and leave you with a bruised ego. But know that most people get laid off at least once in their career and bounce back in their own time.
Get your papers in order
This is also a good time to find your pay stubs, insurance information and your record of employment. This will help you later when you apply for Employment Insurance or CERB.
Take stock of what you have
It is also a good time to Marie Kondo your apartment. You never know what you might find that you can sell, trade or Bunz for things you need. Also, going through your things can make you appreciate everything you have right now.
Apply for Employment Insurance
It can take a few weeks for your claim to be processed, so it is best to apply as soon as possible to ensure you don't have any pay gaps. Even if you have a few weeks of savings that can tide you over, don’t put off applying. You have one month from your last day of work to apply for EI, or you might lose some benefits. Also, know that EI benefits won’t be the same amount as your paycheque. The amount you’ll receive is a percentage of what you used to make, based on how many hours you’ve worked in the last year and few other factors.
Apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit
Tell your family and friends
Be kind to yourself
Apply for jobs
Don’t waste your time applying for jobs that are way outside your experience, but don’t hold out for the perfect job either. It may never materialize. Sometimes it is worth it to apply for a position that is slightly above or below your skill set just to get your foot in the door. It is also good to reach out to recruiters who can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you and report back when they find positions that match what you are looking for.