In the News

Canada / Changes to Employment Insurance lessen access for incarcerated individuals

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced modifications to the Employment Insurance Act that remove preferential access for convicted criminals to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Bill C-316, introduced by Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George in British Columbia, received royal assent today.

“Our Government is intent on making sure that the EI program remains fair and consistent,” said Minister Finley. “These changes will ensure that all Canadians must satisfy the same criteria when applying for EI benefits.”

Individuals who are incarcerated are not entitled to receive EI benefits while detained. However, under the current legislation, claimants can have their EI qualifying and/or benefit periods extended beyond the usual 52 weeks for each week they are confined in a jail, penitentiary or similar institution. The result is that prisoners have greater access to EI benefits.

“It is unfair that convicted felons receive preferential treatment compared to hard-working, law-abiding citizens when applying for EI benefits,” said Mr. Harris. “With this Bill now in effect, criminals will no longer be able to exempt their jail time when determining benefits.”

As of June 30, 2013, individuals who are incarcerated and found guilty of an offence for which they are being detained will no longer be able to benefit from these extensions. Individuals not found guilty of the charges for which they were held will continue to benefit from the extensions as provided under the current provisions. However, to prove they were not found guilty, these individuals will have to wait for the outcome of their judicial proceedings before requesting an extension of their qualifying and/or benefit period.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor


via Harper Government announces changes to Employment Insurance for incarcerated individuals –

Related Posts

Job Search / Criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half


It’s hard enough finding a job these days without having to explain a criminal record. According to a hiring discrimination study conducted by Princeton professor Devah Pager, having a criminal record may cut your chances of getting hired by half. When researchers sent 25 young men with similar levels of job experience and education to … Continue reading »

US / BMW / Federal lawsuit charges for criminal background check policy disproportionately excluding blacks


BMW Manufacturing Co.’s criminal background check policy disproportionately excluded blacks from working at the company’s facility in Spartanburg, a federal lawsuit charges. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Spartanburg, that BMW’s policy has had a disparate impact on black employees and applicants, depriving them of … Continue reading »

Equal Employment Opportunity | New rules on job seekers with criminal records


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission voted Wednesday to revise its long-standing guidance to employers on how to properly evaluate job applicants’ criminal histories in pre-employment screening. The issue became a controversy because an estimated 65 million Americans have some type of criminal record, which can make it very difficult to get a job. Researchers … Continue reading »


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Jobs – Offres d’emploi – US & Canada (Eng. & Fr.)

The Most Popular Job Search Tools

Even More Objectives Statements to customize

Cover Letters – Tools, Tips and Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Office

Follow Job Market Monitor on

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Job Market Monitor via Twitter



%d bloggers like this: