This is the largest loss of P.E.I. residents to other provinces in more than 30 years.
Tourism and business representatives from across the province have expressed concerns about the out-migration of workers, also attributing this to the changes in EI rules.
An increasing number of Islanders, especially from rural areas, are going to western Canada for work.
Some are leaving P.E.I. altogether while other families are seeing husbands and fathers “commuting” to Alberta spending two weeks in the oil patch, one week at home.
The percentage of unemployed people collecting employment insurance on P.E.I. fell dramatically in 2013. Reforms to the EI system by the federal government came into effect one year ago Monday. Figures from Statistics Canada show that through 2012 an average of 95.6 per cent of the unemployed on P.E.I. were receiving employment insurance. During the … Continue reading
The premier of Prince Edward Island says he wants changes to the employment insurance program reversed, regardless of what a report says about the impact those changes have had on Atlantic Canada. `My demand in regards to EI has not changed, regardless of what this report is going to say, Robert Ghiz said Monday following … Continue reading