Prince Edward Island man denied EI claim gets decision reversed

Ryan Ross
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Jeremy Avery, here at his home in Fort Augustus, has started getting EI benefits after his initial claim was rejected.

Jeremy Avery of Fort Augustus left job in Alberta to return home for his daughter

A Fort Augustus man who was denied an employment insurance claim after he quit a job in Alberta to be with his daughter in P.E.I. will be able to collect the benefits after all.

Jeremy Avery said it felt good to finally have his claim approved, but it was frustrating at the same time.

“It would have been nice if it was done right away or I had a little more information from the start,” he said.


Avery had been living in Alberta for about two years and was working as a mechanical and commercial plumber when he decided to move back to P.E.I. in December to be closer to his three-year-old daughter.

Initially, Avery’s daughter and mother were living in Alberta with him until the couple split up. His daughter and her mother moved back to P.E.I. in May.

In most cases, people aren’t eligible for EI benefits if they leave their job voluntarily, but the regulations provide circumstances that can be considered just cause for quitting a job. That includes accompanying a dependent child to another residence.

Avery’s claim was denied 29 days after he filed his application for benefits, with Service Canada saying it was because there was no urgent situation that necessitated his immediate return to P.E.I. and that he planned to move back to Alberta within six months.

Avery disagreed with that assessment and appealed the decision.

Service Canada said it received his formal request for reconsideration on Jan. 30 and the decision was made Feb. 20.

A statement from Service Canada said Avery was contacted after appealing the decision and his reasons for leaving his job in Alberta were clarified.

“He provided additional information which supported that, for the purposes of Employment Insurance, he had just cause for voluntarily leaving his employment,” the statement said.

Avery said he has received back pay for the time he wasn’t getting his claim after the initial rejection.

He is still looking for work, but said he hasn’t had much luck yet.

“I’m hoping once warmer weather comes around the next couple of weeks there will be some more stuff opening up,” Avery said.

Organizations: Service Canada

Geographic location: Alberta, P.E.I., Fort Augustus

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Recent comments

  • Jack Macleod
    March 11, 2014 - 16:17

    If your forced to cash a two week cheque for nothing more than being poor then spend that in a community of selfish indifference the gentle island has transient population that without,Federal transfer payments or it's provincial pogi cheque the fact the civil servants don't travel to Alberta like the rest of us doesn't change the fact this is where the greatest part of the islands money and the islanders that have worked for it pay into it and given a greater sacrifice then any one EI employee that's denying the claim on returning islanders it's sad. The news is this a happy or pathetic ending to a struggling families application for fairness?

  • Free time
    March 10, 2014 - 14:31

    Now that he is collecting his EI he has the free time to do a photo shoot by an old fence... Since my premiums are paying for this can I at least get a free wallet sized?

  • Yo
    March 10, 2014 - 12:05

    Yo Jeremy, have you checked the job bank?! Lots of jobs available, two call centres hiring, take your pick!

  • Just wondering
    March 10, 2014 - 11:20

    Fort Augustus is now under the new Charlottetown EI region so is he filed under the new adjustments of EI or the old system since his claim was filed before the changes took effect?

    • High-Roller
      March 10, 2014 - 13:06

      Those changes don't take effect until October 12.

  • Trish
    March 10, 2014 - 10:22

    Sadly, maritime residents are expected to live thousands of miles from family to earn a decent income or any income and coming home becomes a cost or impossible. Eventually you'll see many more labourers and trades people return as I was told by a half a dozen of people that have been working in Alberta for years that they have been sent back home to Maritimes because they no longer have a job as they are being replaced by workers from third world countries, immigrants subsided by governments. Companies are saving money with unskilled workers with government aid. One story, a young man skilled and worker in Alberta as a wielder was told he no longer had a job after 5 years. It was suggested he obtain an additional course at his cost that might aid him to get work. He returned to Alberta to take the course. As he finished his class time he commenced some self training on the floor with no help, he watched as a group of immigrants were being personally trained by an instructor along with a translator. Apparently, a common and worrisome occurrence. So get ready Ms. Gail Islanders are returning and you'll have to band aid EI changes again to keep your job!

    March 10, 2014 - 09:45

    The reason is because in the rest of Canada EI is for the use of individuals who lose their employment and a supplement until they find new employment. In PEI it is and always has been considered a part of your yearly wages. People are so used to only working a few months that they now feel it is their right to get EI every year.

    March 10, 2014 - 09:40

    Notify Alberta to inform all Islanders that they can quit their jobs and come home if they are homesick or have family here. I am sick and tired of paying EI for people like this who would rather sit on their but and do nothing .

    March 10, 2014 - 09:13

    I Am Glad For The Guy To Get His EI.... But Staying in this Province ....Going to very Tough.. New EI RULES.... Just Can't Do It... Most of The Jobs Posted Are Part Time... Years Ago People Work 40 to 60 hrs per Week...Now Its 24 To 32 Hrs a Week.... The Higher the Wage The Less Hrs You Get... Some People in Charlottetown are Getting 1 Shift a Week.... Yes 1 Shift a Week. Un Heard off in Other Provinces.

    • Scott
      March 10, 2014 - 10:45

      Translation: I am glad that this person has received their EI, but staying in this province is going to be very tough, due to the new EI rules, you just cant do it. Most of the jobs posted are part time, and years ago people were working 40-60 hours a week, and now it's 24-32 hours a week. The higher your wage is, the less hours you get, and some people are only getting 1 shift a week , yes, one shift a week! This is unheard of in other provinces.

  • Impartial Observer
    March 10, 2014 - 09:05

    Not to sound insensitive but why does this qualify as news? Only in this province would someone's Employment Insurance claim be a headline story on the provincial newspaper's site!

    • anne of pei
      March 10, 2014 - 09:44

      If it was not brought to everyone's attention do you honestly think he would have gotten it

    • Scott
      March 10, 2014 - 10:47

      They should interview you to see what you think qualifies as news.