The Feepayer program offers unemployed eligible participants an opportunity to attend training while they still qualify to receive their regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. A feepayer participant must be prepared to pay their own training expenses.
To be eligible, you must be unemployed and want to take part in full-time training. You must be prepared to pay your own training expenses. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident legally entitled to work in Canada. As well, you must meet the following conditions:
• have a current EI claim
• have been active in the workforce for at least two years
• be able to show that you have a financial plan for the full duration of your training program
Before you can apply for the Feepayer program, you must first meet with an Employment Assistance Service provider. They will assign a case manager to you. The case manager will then see if you qualify for the program and tell you about the various employment services you can access.
Your case manager will help you to decide if upgrading your education or employment skills could help you become more employable. They will help you complete a Feepayer worksheet which includes an employment assessment and a return-to-work action plan. Employment Nova Scotia will review and assess your application along with your case manager’s assessment and recommendation and your return-to-work action plan.