We're in Canada since almost 4 years now with WP's; we've lived in BC and ON. The current employer in ON had to lay-off his employees for 4 weeks in spring. We applied for EI benefits. After about 4 weeks we received the answer that we were not eligible for EI benefits as we're in Canada with a WP and therefore only able to work for one employer. We adressed our local MP and his office gave us the information, that - as long as we're in Canada with a WP and don't have PR status - we we had to pay the EI premiums but we won't be eligible for the benefits. Same would go for the CPP. As the nature of the WP is, we're only temporarily in Canada and won't retire here. And we can only hope that there will be no lay-offs anymore in the future. So, my question is : has anybode out there had or heard of the same problem and might know a solution to it ? It seems very unfair to me that everyone with a temporary work permit pays premiums for EI and CPP but is not eligible for any benefits - if need be ? Is there a possibility to have income taxes or so reduced to compensate the loss of paying the EI and CPP premiums ? Thanks for all good ideas !