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

From the editor: I have to show you something. Before reading the news below, take a look at the figure.

These lines represent the ratio of Employment Insurance recipients to the official number of persons unemployed published by Stat Can. This is the indicator widely used to measure the effective coverage of EI in Canada.


The blue line represents Atlantic Canada, the red line, the Rest of Canada (date appears in french).

It is true that we can observe a “drop in employment insurance recipients in Atlantic Canada”, but almost 80% of the unemployed there receive benefits compare with 1 in 3 for the rest of Canada. This is the whole picture.

*** The news as it was***

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.

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

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