The Government of Canada is supporting the middle class when they need it most by improving Employment Insurance.
With Budget 2016, we’re providing economic security so that more Canadians get the help they need, when they need it.
First, we’re eliminating the requirements that restrict access for new entrants and re-entrants to the labour market, including young Canadians, women and new Canadians.
Starting next year, the waiting period for benefits will be reduced from two weeks to one. This will put more benefits in the pockets of Canadians.
And, with added funding over the next two years we’re improving access to EI call centres, and enhancing support to Canadians as they search for new jobs.
Unemployed workers won’t be pressured to leave their communities to take lower paying jobs.
Plus, we’re introducing a new EI Working While on Claim pilot until August 2018. We’re providing incentives to EI beneficiaries to accept work and to keep them connected to the labour force.
For the 15 regions most affected by the commodities downturn, the duration of benefits has been extended.
Unemployed workers in these regions can now receive an additional five weeks of benefits. Long-tenured workers could receive up to a further 20 weeks.
We are working toward more flexible benefits for new parents and more inclusive compassionate care benefits for Canadians.
We will also lower EI premium rates and keep rates no higher than needed to pay for the EI program over time.
These improvements will make it easier to access Employment Insurance where and when workers need it.
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