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From CERB to EI in Canada – 2.1 million are not eligible for EI under existing rules

Fast Facts

  • As of August 2, 4.7 million Canadians were receiving the CERB.
  • Based on the July Labour Force Survey (LFS), 1.4 million CERB recipients are eligible for EI under existing EI rules. Of that group:
    • 811,000 would receive EI but would get less than $500 a week;
    • on average, those making less on EI would receive only $312/week; and
    • 493,000 women and 320,000 men would be worse off on EI compared to the CERB.
  • Also based on the LFS, 2.1 million CERB recipients are not eligible for EI under existing EI rules. Upcoming EI rule changes will determine how many of those 2.1 million CERB recipients will be left behind in the switchover to EI.
  • 57% of CERB recipients at risk of being ineligible for EI are women.
  • Without changes, 82% of people receiving the CERB (2.9 million) will be worse off on EI, either receiving less or nothing at all.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ What’s at stake in the move from CERB to EI? – Behind the Numbers

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