Employment Insurance

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Employment Insurance in Canada / November 2013 virtually unchanged from October

There were 512,300 people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in November, virtually unchanged from October. The number of beneficiaries has been relatively stable since May 2013. Provincially, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick saw more people receiving regular EI benefits in November compared with October. At the same time, there was little change in the … Continue reading

Employment Insurance ‘Reform’ in PEI / Far fewer unemployed getting it

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

Employment Insurance in Canada / More beneficiaries in Quebec and Manitoba, as well as in the Atlantic provinces

Following three months of little change, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits decreased slightly in September (-1.4% or -7,100) to 503,800. Compared with September 2012, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.8%. However, the slight monthly decrease nationally did not mirror variations observed at the provincial level, as British Columbia and Ontario posted notable … Continue reading

Canada / Employees should keep premiums in a personal unemployment account says The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF)

“Ottawa is using Employment Insurance as a cash cow,” said CTF Federal Director Gregory Thomas. “They collected $3.3 billion more in EI tax last year than they paid out in benefits, and their latest forecast says they expect to collect $4.2 billion more this year.” Continue reading

Employment Insurance in Canada / Legal Coverage at 81.9% in 2012, up from 78.4% finds Stat Can

The rate of eligibility for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in 2012 was 81.9%, up from 78.4% in 2011 and similar to rates observed prior to the 2008-2009 recession Continue reading

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

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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 Continue reading

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

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 / 3-year freeze on EI premiums

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a three year-freeze on employment insurance premiums for employers and employees on Monday as a way to support small and medium-size businesses and working Canadians. “We are able to do this because of the falling unemployment rate — more people are working, fewer people are claiming employment insurance benefits and … Continue reading

Canada / Retailers welcome freeze on employment insurance premium rates

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) fully supports the Government’s announcement today of a three-year freeze of Employment Insurance (EI) premium rates Continue reading

Canada / Skilled workers lured west, Thx EI changes

Of all the provinces, Alberta registered in the 2011 survey as having the largest proportion of workers – 7.6 per cent – who were living in a different province five years earlier. Continue reading

Canada / The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in April virtually unchanged

Following a decline in March, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in April was virtually unchanged at 521,600. This follows a steady downward trend over the previous five months. Compared with a year earlier, the number of beneficiaries in April was down 4.7% Continue reading

Canada / Employment Insurance / Down for the fifth consecutive month

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

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

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

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