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.