The reference codes that can be used for regular Employment Insurance (EI) filing for the non-teaching periods starting in June 2017 – March 2018 can be found below. If members do not file within the dates indicated, they are to file without the code. There will be no codes created outside the period.

The code is only for members who are on temporary layoff for the non-teaching periods. The coding is only for members who reside in Ontario. Members who reside in Quebec can contact the EI Contact Centre in their area who will determine whether there is a reference code available for them. If not, they are to file a normal application for benefits. It is not mandatory to use a reference code.

The reference code for EI applications for June 2017 school-related intake:


Effective: 16 June 2017

Expiry: 22 July 2017


The reference code for EI applications for December 2017 school-related intake:


Effective: 15 December 2017

Expiry: 13 January 2018


The reference code for EI applications for March 2018 school-related intake:


Effective: 09 March 2018

Expiry: 31 March 2018


The codes are not to be used for permanent layoffs, retirements or special benefit claims such as maternity, parental, compassionate care, illness or people who live or relocate outside the province of Ontario during these periods.

Members can file their claims by visiting

Should they require telephone information, contact: 1-800-206-7218 (TTY: 1-800-529-3742) and choose option “1.”


Members can visit the nearest Service Canada Centre in their area:

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