Employment Insurance Improvements Announced
By A Correspondent
The Government of Canada is launching a new, national Employment Insurance (EI) pilot project starting August 5,2012. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement in Ottawa.
“Our government’s top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Finley. “This new EI pilot project, which has been applauded across the country by employees and employers alike, will allow claimants to keep more of what they earn, ensuring they always benefit by accepting available work.”
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government has introduced a new, national EI pilot project, Working While on Claim. The pilot project increases the incentive for claimants to accept available jobs by allowing them to keep more of what they earn while on EI, as benefits are only reduced by 50 percent of total earnings from working while on claim.
“Our government believes it should always pay to work,” said Minister Finley. “Canadians want to get back to work, and statistics show that those who stay active in, and remain connected to, the labour market find permanent employment faster. Our government is committed to supporting workers and ensuring that EI enables a strong and competitive workforce.”
The Working While on Claim pilot is one of many recent improvements the Government of Canada has made to the EI program. This past spring, the Government announced several targeted, common-sense changes to encourage Canadians to stay active in the job market and to remove disincentives to work. These changes include better connecting Canadians to available opportunities in their local area, clarifying their responsibilities while collecting EI and establishing a new pan-Canadian approach for calculating EI benefits so that those living in regions with comparable labour market conditions receive similar benefits.