A strong EI program is vital to strengthen our economy and our communities
The system does need reforms – but not necessarily the ones proposed. Those on both sides need to start thinking sensibly, not just ideologically.
“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.” Source: The Globe and Mail
Stats Canada is reporting that EI claims across the country have decreased by 4.4% in July, which is now the largest of 10 straight months of declines. But the news isn’t good for Newfoundland and Labrador which – despite leading the country in several growth indicators – was the only province in Canada to see its EI rate increase. Our province saw claims rise by 1.2%, marking its second consecutive monthly increase. To see more detailed results, which are seasonally adjusted, click the link below. Source: Statistics Canada