Employment Insurance is a key piece of Canada's social safety net, and an important economic stabilizer. In past recessions it has prevented deeper, longer recession and reduced the shock of job losses on working families and their communities.
As this economic downturn continues, we have an EI system that is weaker than in previous recessions. Only 42% of unemployed workers receive EI at any given time – Because fewer workers qualify and benefit weeks are reduced.
Now is the time to expand EI to protect workers, their families and vulnerable communities.