EI Benefit Changes September 2021

A picture of calculator and budget book to denote calculating the EI benefit changes as of September 26, 2021.

There are some EI benefit changes as of September 26, 2021 that are now in effect. Here is a list of them below.

EI Benefit Changes September 26, 2021

Workers will now have a uniform hours requirement of working 420 hours to qualify for EI benefits. This will be in place for one year until September 22, 2022.

The weekly floor of the amount you can receive for EI benefits will decrease from $500.00 per week to $300.00 week. This floor will apply to EI benefits made between September 26, 2021 and November 20, 2021.

The duration and value of benefits will once again be calculated using regional unemployment rates that were temporarily replaced over the last year by a uniform unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent.

There will be simplified rules regarding vacation pay and severance to help EI claimants receive benefits sooner.

There will be a one week waiting period for all new EI benefit claims as of September 26, 2021 after it was waived over the last year.

If you are currently on a EI claim before September 26, 2021, these changes will not affect the value or duration of your EI claim.

No Changes to Seasonal Workers

Seasonal workers in 13 regions will still be eligible for an extra 5 weeks of regular EI benefits until October 2022.

The pilot project provides the extra weeks to seasonal workers who started a claim between Aug. 5, 2018 and this coming Oct. 30, provided they had three claims for regular or fishing benefits in the last five years, and at least two started around the same time of year.

Conclusion

The EI benefits changes as of September 26, 2021 reflect the government transitioning out of pandemic relief and back to a normal EI program. However, it cannot fully go back yet as we are still dealing with Covid-19. We will see if these changes will be enough for unemployed Canadians during this time or if there has to be further changes. With covid-19, you never know.

PC Optimum Points offers at Real Canadian Superstore this Week – Loads of Points Event (Special event)

Hello everyone! We haven’t done a PC Optimum points post in a while, so today we’ll be making up for that. And, if you’d like to see all of our past PC Optimum posts, you can do that here. We’ll search out all the best ways you can earn more PC Optimum points this week doing your regular grocery shopping. These point offers are in effect from September 24 to September 30, 2021. (And is anyone else in total shock that it’s nearly October!?)

Oh, and to whet your appetite about the extra points and goodies this week – it is a special event this week! Superstore calls is their Loads of Points Event, which sounds very hopeful indeed that we can stock up on points. Yessss! I especially love that this week there are LOTS of points available on regular food and grocery items.

As always, 10,000 points accumulated = $10 you can spend however you like. 🙂

PC Optimum BONUS POINTS on Eyeglasses and Optical

Yay, I love telling you guys about deals this awesome. For every $150 spent at PC Optical – get 75,000 points back. Yes, that’s like getting $75 back in points. In the flyer, superstore says this is their biggest optical deal of the entire year.

PC Optimum Points on BABY STUFF and DIAPERS

  • Harvest Baby needs or wipes – For every $20 spent get 5000 points
  • Hello Bello baby products – such as diapers, baby wipes, baby bath, baby wash, etc – For every $40 spent get 15,000 points
  • Love Child organic baby food pouches or baby snacks – For every $10 spent get 3000 points
  • Playtex feeding or nursing accessories – For every $10 spent get 3000 points

PC Optimum points on BAKERY items this week

  • ACE Bakery rolls – For every $6 spent get 1000 points
  • Farmer’s Market cookies – Buy 2 packages and get 1500 points

PC Optimum points on CLEANING AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS this week

  • 3M filtrete furnace filters – For every $20 spent get 5000 points
  • Charmin bathroom tissue (toilet paper) 12-48 rolls OR Bounty paper towels (6=12 roll packs) – Buy any 2 get 5000 points
  • Clorox, Glad or Pine-Sol products – For every $15 spent get 5000 points
  • Fleecy, Palmolive, Irish Spring, Softsoap or Colgate oral care products – For every $20 spent get 10,000 points
  • Purex laundry detergent (4.23/6 liter sizes) OR Snuggle fabric softener (4.25 Liter) $10.98 AND get 1000 points

PC Optimum points on FOOD and GROCERIES this week

  • Cadbury’s or Maynards assorted treats in large boxes (115 mini chocolate bars, for instance) – $12.98 each AND get 1000 points (limit of 4 at that price; over limit price is $17.98 each.)
  • Cheez Whiz (900 grams) OR Kraft Singles slices (825 grams) $5.97 each AND get 500 points
  • Chester’s snacks (130-150 grams) OR Munchos potato chips (130 grams) OR Funyuns onion ring flavoured corn snacks (125 grams) (And totally as a side point – we researched whether Funyuns are gluten free or not!) OR Hickory Sticks (165 grams) OR Fritos corn chips (150 grams) – Buy any 3 get 1000 points
  • Christie Snack packs cookies – selected varieties like Oreo Mini or Chips Ahoy – Buy 2 get 1000 points
  • Cracker Barrel natural cheese slices (200-240 grams) OR feta cheese (180 grams) OR Combo (3×43 grams) OR aMOOza Twists – For every $15 spent on these products get 3000 points
  • Dare Bear paws cookies (150-240 grams) OR Wagon Wheels (315 or 360 gram boxes) OR Viva Puffs (300 grams) – $1.98 each AND 300 points
  • Delissio thin crispy crust pizza (475-550 grams) OR Singles (2 in a box) – $3.44 each AND get 500 points
  • Franks Red Hot sauce (354 ml) OR French’s mustard (325 or 400 ml) OR French’s ketchup (750 ml or 1 liter) – For every $6 spent, get 2500 points\
  • Freybe pepperoni sticks or salami – selected varieties – 1000 points on each
  • Frito Lay treat bags – 720 gram total weight of multi-pack single serving bags – $9.98 each and get 1000 points
  • General Mills cereal – family sized boxes – 515-778 grams – Buy 2 get 2000 points
  • High Liner wild pacific pink salmon fillets – frozen – 400 grams – 1000 points
  • Kellogg’s child size packs of cereal (Fun Pac) OR Rice Krispies OR Raisin Bran OR All-Bran OR Krave OR Eggo OR Apple Jacks – Buy 3 get 5000 points. (Selected varieties and sizes.)
  • Kraft peanut butter AND Kraft Hazelnut spread (750 grams or 1 kg of the PB and 725 gram size of the hazelnut chocolate spread – Kraft’s answer to Nutella) – Buy both and get 2000 points
  • Nabob or Maxwell House single serve coffee pods (12/30’s) OR Maxwell House ground coffee (631 or 925 grams) OR Instant coffee (150 grams) – Get 8000 points for every $20 spent
  • Oasis juice or Health Break or Smoothie (1.5 or 1.75 liter or 4×300 ml) OR Del Monte orange juice (2.5 liters) – For every $10 spent get 3000 points
  • Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers (166-227 grams OR 6×26 or 28 grams) OR Campbell’s soup (250 to 796 ml) OR Campbell’s broth (900 ml) OR Pace Salsa (642 ml) – For every $15 spent get 5000 points.
  • Pepsi soft drinks OR Gatorade sports drinks – 8×355 ml size – Buy 2 get 1000 points
  • Philadelphia cream cheese – large 450 gram tub – $5.98 each AND get 500 points
  • Pringles potato chips – 130-156 gram tubes – Buy 2 get 1000 points
  • Sabra hummus (482 grams) OR Bergeron Inspiration cheese pack (400 grams) OR Bothwell gouda or cheddar cheese (170-450 grams) OR Woolwich goat milk feta cheese (600 grams) – Buy any and get 1000 points
  • Starbucks or Timothy’s coffee pods – 44-60 coffee pods in a box – $29.98 each AND get 5000 points
  • Sunrype fruit source bars – selected varieties – 444 gram box – $7.98 each ANDget 500 points
  • Tre Stell cheese (150 grams to 1 kg) OR Castello (113 grams to 350 grams) OR Dofino (800 grams) cheese – Buy any and get 1000 points
  • Unico canned tomatoes, beans, chickpeas, lentils or tuna – For every $10 spent get 2000 points
  • Voortman wafers, turnovers or cookies (300 gram packs) OR Crispi bites (207 grams) – For every $6 spent get 2000 points
  • Yves veggie dogs, family pack, veggie burgers, veggie chicken nuggets, falafels OR veggie sausages – Buy any of these products and get 1000 points

PC Optimum points on HEALTH and BEAUTY Products this week

  • Always pads (10-22) OR liners (30-60) OR Tampax tampons – $3.98 each AND 500 points
  • Colgate Keep toothbrush kit – 4000 points – Pretty cool new concept from Colgate, where you only need to replace the heads of the toothbrushes, thereby saving 80% of plastic waste.
  • Crest premium toothpaste OR Oral B manual toothbrushes (regular varieties) $2.48 each AND 500 points
  • Dove or Degree deodorant or antiperspirant – 1000 points
  • Nexxus hair care products (400 ml) OR Shea Moisture – 2000 points
  • Old Spice body wash (473-897 ml) 3000 points
  • Quo Beauty cosmetics, bath products or accessories (things like tweezers, eyelash curlers, etc.) For every $25 spent get 5000 points.
  • RenewLife probiotics – For every $50 spent get 10,000 points
  • Ricola cough and throat lozenges – Buy 2 get 1500 points
  • Smarty Pants vitamins for women, men and kids – For every $50 spent get 7500 points
  • St. Ives body wash – 650 ml – 1000 points
  • Stayfree pads, Carefree liners, Playtex or OB tampons or Skintimate disposable razors (selected types and sizes) 500 points
  • Tena incontinence pads or underwear – Buy 2 get 4000 points
  • Tylenol, Listerine, OGX hair care products, Pepcid, Aveeno lotions, body wash, hair care or baby products – For every $25 spent get 6000 points

PC Optimum points on TOYS and Kids’ Stuff this Week

  • Barbie, Hot Wheels, Mega Bloks or Fisher Price toys – For every $25 spent get 5000 points.

PC Optimum Points this Week – Conclusion

Wow, you guys! Loads and LOADS of points this week, including a super awesome deal on 75,000 points when you spend $150 at PC Optical. Hope you stock up on a ton of points this week. Happy and safe shopping!

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Macy’s Customer Service – Phone numbers, online chat and more

Macy’s is a high-end US based retailer that has been in operation since 1858. Yes, you read that right! Today, Macy’s still provides customers with excellent products like jewellery, clothing, and home decor items.

Occasionally, you’ll need to contact Macy’s customer service if you have a problem with your order OR with one of the products you purchased from them. In that case, we have you covered! We went out to find all the Macy’s customer service contact information we could find, to make it easy for you to get in touch with Macy’s.

Macy’s Customer Service Phone numbers

The main customer service line to reach Macy’s directly is 1-800-BUY-MACY or 1-800-289-6229. (If you’re a regular customer, that Buy-Macy number is a very easy one to remember.)

Macy’s Customer Service online chat

Macy’s online chat option is an excellent one if you’d prefer to type out what happened, rather than have to make a phone call. Simply go to Macy’s Help Center page, and then scroll to the bottom of the page for their online chat option. Click on that option and a message box will open, and you’ll be connected with a customer service representative that way.

Does Macy’s ship to Canada?

Yes, Macy’s does ship to Canada! In fact, they’ve made it easier for Canadian customers to order directly from them, in the following ways:

  • Prices listed in Canadian dollars when you connect through to their website from Canada
  • Low international shipping rates.
  • Any duties and taxes are calculated right at the checkout process, so you’ll know your final price right away. No surprise fees when the package arrives.

Macy’s Customer Service – Conclusion

Macy’s shoppers can feel reassured knowing they can receive the customer support they need – either by telephone or by online chat. Happy, safe shopping everyone.

Wendy’s Bacon Deluxe Burger $4 – Limited Time (Fast Food deals Canada)

Love bacon? Then you’ll love this Monday morning deal! Wendy’s has their famous Bacon Deluxe burger on for only $4 at Canadian locations. It’s a quarter pound burger with slices of applewood smoked bacon. Hungry yet?

You can place your order directly on the Wendy’s Canada website for either pick-up or delivery. And there’s no coupon required for the $4 deal on the Bacon Burger. This special is current as of time of writing, but we couldn’t find the end date of the deal. (But we’ll update it if we do find that information.)

Tip Top – Clearance Sale on Dress/Casual Shirts – Was over $80 – now $33.99

Tip Top has a pretty awesome selection of patterned dress shirts on for $33.99 right now. (And some are on sale for even less.) I love the contrasting fabric when you roll the shirt sleeves up! Over $50 off each shirt, which is an amazing deal.

I’d say any of these would be perfect for your next Zoom meeting or job interview. Patterns include micro florals, paisley, geometric or even a cool map print. Something cool to wear when you’re sick of plain work shirts.

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Amazon Deals: Only $5.24 for Crayola Crayons (Large 96 crayon pack)

Here’s a fantastic deal for all of you parents and grandparents getting ready to send your children back to school. (In whatever form that may take!) Save over $3.00 on a large 96-crayon pack of Crayola crayons. This pack comes with a reusable crayon sharpener build right into the pack! I remember those…


Crayola 52-0096 96 Crayons, School and Craft Supplies, Gift for Boys and Girls, Kids, Ages 3,4, 5, 6 and Up, Back to school, School supplies, Arts and Crafts, Gifting
$5.24 current price; please note prices can change anytime.

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