Labour Council Proposals for Reforming EI

Cambridge MP Bryan May is chairing a House of Commons Committee which is conducting a study of Canada's Employment Insurance (EI) program. It asked for Canadians to submit its opinions on EI by March 23, 2016. The Waterloo Regional Labour Council's Political Action Committee Chair Lorne Bruce, in concert with Vice President Mark Cairns, wrote a submission for the Committee's consideration.

"In Waterloo Region there are currently approximately 17,400 unemployed while only around 4,800 are receiving EI benefits," the brief opens. "That’s only 27% of unemployed people receiving benefits here in Waterloo Region. Along with the rest of the country we need to see a change to EI that will benefit all those entitled to their benefits not currently receiving them."

The Labour Council's submission makes particular note of the ways in which EI is failing women. It points out that just 1 in 3 of unemployed women qualify for EI benefits, and that not qualifying for EI means no access to paid maternity, parental, compassionate or sick leave.

To read the full submission, click here.


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