Employment Insurance (EI) is vital to Canadian workers.

But successive federal governments have made the program less generous and harder to access. All workers pay into EI, and should be able to access it when they need it. EI is especially important given that since 2009 nearly three quarters of all jobs created have been part-time, temporary or self-employed.

Because of recent changes made by this government, an increasing number of unemployed workers are ineligible, as too many workers either exhaust benefits before finding work or aren’t able to earn enough hours to qualify in the first place. The high entrance requirement for new labour market entrants exacerbates this issue for young workers. 

Issues and Research

April’s employment numbers tell a very different story about Canada’s economy than the one delivered by Joe Oliver to Canadians when he presented the 2015 Federal Budget earlier that month.

Posted: 8 May 2015

The whole point of Canada’s system of Employment Insurance (EI) is to support workers through periods of temporary lay-off or inability to work, including sickness, maternity,...

Posted: 4 April 2015

Hassan Yussuff, the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, says that Employment Insurance is failing unemployed workers in Canada, and those that pay into the program don't have enough say...

Posted: 17 July 2014
OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government’s three-year freeze on Employment Insurance (EI) premiums is being done on the backs of unemployed Canadians....
Posted: 9 September 2013
OTTAWA – The Employment Insurance program continues to fail unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

“We know that only 37.9% of unemployed Canadians actually...

Posted: 4 January 2013