EI has a one-week waiting period at the beginning of every claim. Will I have to wait the one week if I was on short-term sick leave before a strike or lockout?

Answer

If you were on short-term sick leave before a strike or lockout, EI may, upon request, waive the one-week waiting period. However, if your sick leave did not begin before the strike or lockout, and if you are approved for EI (because the leave was anticipated), then it is unlikely the one week waiting period will be waived. Ask Service Canada for clarification.