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Service Canada

Site: Barrie

Service: Employment Insurance, Barrie

Record #: BAR0326
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024
Last Full Update: 25 Sep 2023


Public Comments No local Barrie phone number

NOTE: sign at front of building which houses Barrie Service Canada Centre says Government of Canada, 48 Owen St
Office Phone 1-800-277-9914, English; French: 1-800-277-9915
Toll Free Phone 1-800-531-7555, Automated Telephone Reporting, English; Automated Telephone Reporting French: 1-800-431-5595
TTY Phone 1-800-529-3742
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Address & Map
Barrie Service Canada Centre
48 Owen St
Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 3H1
Intersection Owen St and Worsley St
Mailing Address Barrie Service Canada Centre 
48 Owen St 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4M 3H1
Physical Access Fully Accessible


Description (Service) Temporary financial assistance and support in finding new employment, able-bodied claimants must be seeking employment to remain eligible
  • Service Canada has tools available to help search job listings, create a résumé, choose a career, and assess skills
  • Job Bank is an online source for employment information and job postings, see listing BAR2664
  • for most people, basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount
  • as of January 1, 2023, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $61,500 for a maximum amount of $650 per week
  • Individuals not entitled to receive EI benefits, will be contacted by letter or by telephone, a Request for Reconsideration can be submitted, see website for details
Special benefits
  • include maternity and parental benefits, compassionate care benefits, benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children, sickness benefits and more, see website for complete list and details
Family Supplement
  • for low income families who receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
  • entitlement will be added to EI payment
  • amount based on annual net family income, see website for details
  • for online service go to
  • for assistance accessing services, complete an online request at Service Request
  • for people who do not have internet access call 1-877-355-2657 Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
  • for assistance in person, make a request for an appointment by filling out the service request form at Service Request

Service Details

Legal Status (40) Federal Government
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm, hours may vary
To make a request for an appointment fill out the service request form at Service Request
Areas Served Barrie ; Simcoe County ; Alliston; Angus; Innisfil; Midhurst; Elmvale
Eligibility Eligibility information is a guideline, apply for benefits so processing agents can determine eligibility
  • Persons legally entitled to work in Canada who have an interruption of earnings due to shortage of work, injury, quarantine, pregnancy, adoption, personal illness, or a grave illness in the family
  • Hours of insurable employment that are used to calculate benefit must have been accumulated during qualifying period
  • qualifying period is the shorter of the 52-week period immediately before the start date of claim or the period from the start of a previous benefit period to the start of new benefit period, if benefits were applied for earlier and application was approved in the last 52 weeks
  • Claimants who quit a job without just cause or are fired for misconduct are ineligible for regular benefits, just cause includes:
    • discrimination
    • sexual harassment
    • working conditions that constitute a danger to health and safety
    • significant modification of terms and conditions respecting wages or salary
    • eaving to care for child or immediate family member
    • major changes in work duties
  • Application forms available online only, can be accessed on computers at Service Canada sites
  • Records of Employment from previous employers should be submitted immediately after employment has ended in order to have claim considered from the last day worked
  • first 2 weeks of claim are a waiting period for which no benefits are paid, two week waiting period is to be served while collecting "Regular EI", and only a 1 week waiting period is to be served for "Special benefits"
  • apply for EI benefits as soon as work has been interrupted even if Record of Employment (ROE) has not yet been received, delay may cause loss of benefits
  • claimants' reports must be correctly completed to generate payment (exemptions available for compassionate care benefit claimants)
Languages English ; French - Reception, Website, Interpretation, Programs, Publications
Fees None

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