Politics & Policies

Atlantic Canada / EI stats drop in after changes aimed at seasonal work

A disproportionate drop in employment insurance recipients in Atlantic Canada suggests federal EI restrictions are having a negative impact that will only get worse as seasonal industries lay off staff, critics say.

“Those changes target seasonal workers,” said Erin Weir, an economist with the United Steelworkers Canadian national office. “We’ve already seen in the data that the number of employment insurance recipients has been cut more sharply in the Atlantic provinces than nationally.

“We’re not seeing a decline in unemployment, but we are seeing a decline in employment insurance,” he said from Regina. “And that would seem to reflect federal policies that are kicking people off benefits.”

Weir said the number of jobless workers has been stuck at around 1.4 million for at least the past year.

Yet, Statistics Canada reports that the number of those receiving EI benefits in July was down almost six per cent across Canada from the year before. That compares to a drop of 11 per cent over the same time period for Newfoundland and Labrador, 16 per cent in P.E.I., 12 per cent in Nova Scotia and nine per cent in New Brunswick.

In Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, the decline in EI benefits for each province was about three per cent.

B.C. had a drop of 11.5 per cent, Manitoba 12 per cent and Saskatchewan seven per cent.

The federal Conservative government says EI changes it implemented in January are a “modest and reasonable” effort to ensure the system is fair and flexible.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at 

Capture d’écran 2013-10-02 à 09.49.41

via EI stats drop in Atlantic Canada after changes aimed at seasonal work: economist | 680News.

Related Posts

Update – Atlantic Canada and EI / Almost 80% of the unemployed receive benefits compare with 1 in 3 for the rest of Canada

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 4, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

I have to show you something. Before reading the news below, take a look at the figure Continue reading »

Canada / Give the provinces full control over EI says Conservative Senator Diane Bellemare

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 1, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

In Créer et partager la prospérité (Creating and Sharing Prosperity), Ms. Bellemare argues for giving the provinces full control over EI. While employee and employer premiums would be the same across Canada, each province would be able to set eligibility rules and decide how to split the funds collected between cash benefits for the unemployed and training programs Continue reading»

Canada / Employment Insurance / Down for the fifth consecutive month

POSTED BY  ⋅ JUNE 13, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits continued to trend down for the fifth consecutive month in March, declining slightly by 1.0% (-5,200) to 523,700. Compared with a year earlier, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.1%. All four Western provinces as well as Newfoundland and Labrador had fewer beneficiaries in March, while there was … Continue reading »

Canada / In effect today: The new Job Alerts system to Employement Insurance Recipient

POSTED BY  ⋅ JANUARY 7, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Employment Insurance changes come into effect today Contentious changes to employment insurance are now in effect. Beginning Sunday, people on EI face stricter, more complex rules for keeping their benefits, with the goal of getting unemployed workers back into the workforce sooner. To help people get back to work, the government has also launched a … Continue reading »

Canada / Employment-Insurance: The Thought of the Day

POSTED BY  ⋅ MARCH 17, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Unemployment insurance is meant to meet the labour market cyclical economic needs, the needs related to job search, the in-between. It is not supposed to be the mean to support income of the ‘chronically’ or repeatedly unemployed in an economically depressed area. Employment development cannot be achieved with income support. Michel Cournoyer Job Market Monitor‘s …Continue reading »

Canada / Employment Insurance: the new JOB SEARCH FORM

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 6, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Click on the image to get to this new form:

Canada / EI ‘Reform’ / Atlantic premiers name panel to study Ottawa’s changes

POSTED BY  ⋅ JUNE 7, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT

Atlantic Canada’s premiers have appointed a four-member panel to review Ottawa’s changes to employment insurance. A member from each of the four provinces will sit on the panel to be led by University of Moncton economist Pierre-Marcel Desjardins. The other members include Nova Scotia labour union leader Danny Cavanaugh, Ian MacPherson of the Prince Edward … Continue reading»

Canada and Quebec / Working on EI regulations will marginally help in responding to labour market needs

POSTED BY  ⋅ MAY 6, 2013 ⋅ 2 COMMENTS

Unemployment worldwide and youth unemployment are a tragedy. The number of unemployed in the world has exploded with 28 million people jobless in the five years following the global financial crisis. In 2012, there were 197 million people unemployed according to the ILO. In 2013, about 210.6 million people will be unemployed according to the … Continue reading »

Canada – Employment Insurance – EI recipients participating in employability measures should be exempted from the application of the proposed provisions on convenient job

POSTED BY  ⋅ OCTOBER 16, 2012 ⋅ 4 COMMENTS

Canada – Employment Insurance – EI recipients participating in employability measures should be exempted from the application of the proposed provisions on convenient job

Canada | Employment Insurance | Nationwide Entrance Requirements and Benefit Entitlement Period

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 2, 2013 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

“Reforms to the Employment Insurance (EI) program should focus on removing barriers to mobility by creating uniform, nationwide entrance requirements and benefit entitlement period” write Colin Busby and David Gray in Mending Canada’s Employment Insurance Quilt: The Case for Restoring Equity published at cdhowe.org. “Under the current EI system, long-lasting EI benefits are more easily accessed in … Continue reading »

Canada / Employment Insurance : How to Adjust EI to the new world of work – Gunderson

POSTED BY  ⋅ FEBRUARY 2, 2013 ⋅ 1 COMMENT

Work is ‘changing nature’ with respect to Employment Insurance writes MORLEY GUNDERSON in EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK on mowateitaskforce.ca. “The demand-side changes include: skill-biased technological change, especially associated with the computer revolution and the shift to a knowledge economy; trade liberalization; globalization and offshore outsourcing; industrial restructuring mainly from manufacturing to … Continue reading »

Leave a Reply

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

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com

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

Follow Job Market Monitor via Twitter

Categories

Archives

%d bloggers like this: