“An administrative assistant laid off in Corner Brook, Nfld., who worked as little as 10 weeks will pocket $468 a week for 45 weeks – the maximum – for a total of about $21,000. A comparable worker in Saskatoon would have to have put in about 18 weeks and could earn benefits for only 36 weeks, or a total of $16,848.” The Globe and Mail is highlighting a report from the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto which says that the $22-billion EI system is out of step with the modern workplace, not to mention unfair. “Newfoundland recoups about $5 in benefits for every $1 it puts in. Ontarians get about 60 cents.”
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