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    I have been trying to contact EI by phone 800-206-7218 for the last two weeks and still unable to talk to a live person because their call volume is too high and unable to connect my call and to try me call later.

    I'm on mat leave right now and during my mat leave my employer paid out my employer RRSP contribution and sent EI my adjusted ROE back on September 2011. I'm trying to call them to see if I'll get more money or would I owe them money

    Anyone else having the same issue as me?
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    You will hear that often when trying to call EI. I have had to wait over 55 minutes once I finally did get thru... but here is a tip for you to try:

    Quote Originally Posted by Brynhilde View Post
    Tip for when you call EI... if you finally get past the busy tone and get on.. wait until after the woman says "Service Canada EI whatever..." press 0.. if they say they cannot transfer you, press 1 and you will be at the beginning again. Keep repeating press 0, then 1 if you are not getting transferred. That way, you stay on the line without having to call back and hang up again.

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    Christmas break is a very popular time for EI. You do have the correct number.

    I tend to have better luck with the governments in the middle of the week.

    I haven't been calling EI, though, so I can't help with that. Sorry.

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    Try calling early in the day. I tried last week in the afternoon, and their call volume was too high to even add my call to the queue.

    On another note, I'm supposed to be collecting EI maternity benefits. My last day of work was November 10. I finally got through to them two days ago, as they hadn't processed my claim according to the website. I think things are finally on their way to getting done.

    Good luck!

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    I'm pretty surprised at my experience thus far after following a lot of the problems others on here are having. I submitted my app for EI on January 2nd from my December 31st layoff and the updates were quick.

    Of course I had a decent sized payout, so I won't see anything from them until mid-March, but it was mere days for the info to show up for me. My ROE was submitted electronically by my employer though, so I'm not sure if that makes a difference compared to others.

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    I'm on mat leave right now and during my mat leave my employer paid out my employer RRSP contribution and sent EI my adjusted ROE back on September 2011. I'm trying to call them to see if I'll get more money or would I owe them money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynhilde View Post
    You will hear that often when trying to call EI. I have had to wait over 55 minutes once I finally did get thru... but here is a tip for you to try:
    Thanks.. I will try that tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandora1437 View Post
    I'm on mat leave right now and during my mat leave my employer paid out my employer RRSP contribution and sent EI my adjusted ROE back on September 2011. I'm trying to call them to see if I'll get more money or would I owe them money.

    Can you not see anything from the servicecanada.gc.ca website if you log in to your account?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazE View Post
    Can you not see anything from the servicecanada.gc.ca website if you log in to your account?
    It basically said "We have received new information on your claim but have not yet made a decision. We are making every effort to review this information as soon as possible."

    It has been 4 months since they recieved the revised ROE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandora1437 View Post
    It basically said "We have received new information on your claim but have not yet made a decision. We are making every effort to review this information as soon as possible."

    It has been 4 months since they recieved the revised ROE.
    That's insane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazE View Post
    That's insane!
    I know... at the end I don't want to have a big bill owing.

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    If you have one near you, go in person. It was the only way I could get a human being. I found that I get booted off their system more often than I get through. But the times I would get through was around 2 p.m. in the middle of the week. It took them 3 months to process my first payment after I called them many times. They told me they are low staff and there's too many people unemployed right now. Double whammy ties up the phone lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazE View Post
    That's insane!
    I had to wait over seven months for EI to finally give me my mat pay.. going on My Service Canada Account was useless. Went to see someone in person and that didn't help either. Didn't seem like they knew any more than the people at the center did. Phone lines have been like this since May and probably before that too. It's sad cause I already had a claim, didn't understand why I had to wait so long when they didn't require any documentation and I just wanted to see if I was eligible. If I didn't start seriously calling them everyday in November, I probably still wouldn't have any money.

    I feel for people out there going through EI right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by pandora1437 View Post
    I have been trying to contact EI by phone 800-206-7218 for the last two weeks and still unable to talk to a live person because their call volume is too high and unable to connect my call and to try me call later.

    I'm on mat leave right now and during my mat leave my employer paid out my employer RRSP contribution and sent EI my adjusted ROE back on September 2011. I'm trying to call them to see if I'll get more money or would I owe them money

    Anyone else having the same issue as me?
    See the article below. Guess what they have even increased the EI contributions you have to make and your employer from this year, 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by tjthemanto View Post



    Your call is not important

    Published On Sat Dec 17, 2011






    Stuart McCabe waited 46 days for his employment insurance money to arrive. It was supposed to take 28 days. During that time the Oshawa father, who has been on paternal leave since Nov. 1, missed his mortgage, car insurance and hydro payments.


    With Christmas looming, McCabe had no money and a $400 slap in the face in the form of nonsufficient fund penalties for those missed payments. So he called to find out where his money was — the automated message told him to call back later. So he did. Twenty times. More than 50 per cent of Service Canada callers in late September also heard that same message.



    It’s a familiar scene across the country as massive layoffs at Service Canada have led to delays in employment insurance processing, which leaves people like McCabe frustrated and angry — especially when it is so difficult to get through to a real person at Service Canada.
    This comes as 19,000 Canadians lost their jobs in November, increasing the unemployment rate to 7.4 per cent, which also adds demand for employment insurance.



    Call centre data obtained by , Liberal MP for Cape Breton-Canso, through an order paper shows the difficulty getting through to an agent. As of September, only 32 per cent of calls were answered within three minutes. That is down from 42 per cent last year and 53 per cent the year before that.


    “I was furious and the agent on the phone told me that there were now four people answering calls when there used to be 17,” McCabe said. “So it’s not their fault.”
    So McCabe called , the minister of Human Resources and Skills Development who is responsible for employment insurance.


    “I was adamant that I wanted to speak with Diane Finley personally. I wanted her to write me a cheque for all the banking fees I’ve incurred,” McCabe said. “I’ve got a wife and three kids and I thought we were going to be sitting by the fire in the basement for heat.”


    Many Canadians live paycheque to paycheque. A poll commissioned by the Canadian Payroll Association a few months ago found that 57 per cent of respondents couldn't deal with a one-week delay in their pay.



    In August, Finley announced cuts to Service Canada which included the elimination of 98 employment insurance processing centres. There will be 1,200 fewer Service Canada workers according to John Gordon, president of Public Service Alliance of Canada.



    The ministry confirmed the job losses, but wouldn’t reveal how many. Finley maintains that the delays in processing employment insurance claims are seasonal and not related to the job cuts. It’s all part of the government’s strategy to balance the budget with the goal of saving $495 million within Service Canada by 2014.



    “With continuous improvements to the way that we do business, such as increased automation, improved online services, and a nationally-managed workload distribution, Service Canada will be able to manage service demands in a more cost-effective and efficient way,” said Alison Queen, Finley’s press secretary.


    After McCabe complained to Finley’s office, his payment was processed the next day. He still wants to be reimbursed for his banking fees, but that won’t happen, said NDP human resources critic .


    “Good luck. There isn’t a mechanism for the government to pay you for costs that are incurred because of their delays in claims processing,” Crowder said. “What are you going to do, take them to small claims court?”


    Service Canada employees on the other end of the line are also frustrated. And those are the ones who still have jobs. The employment insurance call centre in Glace Bay, N.S., is closing and layoffs at the employment insurance processing facility in Sydney, N.S., will leave little more than a skeleton staff. Furious workers took to the streets in both cities last weekend to protest the cuts.
    Finley, in a of The Guardian, a P.E.I. newspaper, said there aren’t any delays in employment insurance processing.


    “When it comes to EI, our annual service standard is to process 80 per cent of applications within 28 days,” she wrote. “We are currently averaging 23 days for speed of the first payment. We are actually exceeding our target for the majority of Canadians.”
    However, that statistic is misleading, as it accounts for first payments and non-payment notification, which can occur for a variety of reasons, including clerical errors.


    That’s what happened with McCabe’s claim. He had a problem with “box 17, ” which deals with vacation pay. His employer input $0. That was wrong. Box 17 should have remained blank. But it took McCabe weeks to find that out because of the clogged telephone service.
    Finley says the employment insurance system is being modernized with the goal of expanding automated processing claims to 70 per cent from 44 per cent over three years. McCabe’s claim should have been automated, but a clerical error led to dozens of phone calls and, finally, human intervention.


    The minister enraged employment insurance workers in that same letter when she blamed them for the delays.


    “Most interesting though is that in the month that we announced we will be overhauling and improving EI processing to better serve Canadians — before any changes were introduced — productivity and performance went from being on par with last year's performance at this time, to the worst in five years,” Finley wrote.


    The , which represents thousands of Service Canada workers, is working on filing a grievance against Finley.


    “Finley’s comments have been harmful,” said Don Rogers, president of the union. “Service is worse because there aren’t enough resources. Our workers aren’t lazy, they’re overworked and they’re aren’t enough of them.”

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