Hard times are about to get harder for Canada’s unemployed. Thanks to Harper’s Conservatives, thousands of Canadians who paid into Employment Insurance are being cut off from benefits, negatively impacting countless communities across Canada. This government is recklessly slashing essential public services, without regard for the rights and needs of all Canadians.

Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom

Cuts to Canada’s Employment Insurance Program are making it harder to help our most vulnerable, reduce inequality, protect seasonal workers and ensure a more fair and prosperous future for our country. This video highlights the decline of the EI program over the last 25 years.

  • Employment Insurance is failing workers

    June 14, 2015
    Since 2012, less than 40% of unemployed Canadians are receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits, which means more than 60% get nothing. This hasn’t been seen in forty years. In fact until 1990 those proportions were completely reversed. From 1976 to 1990, the rate of unemployed receiving EI averaged 76%. Why did this happen?

  • Service Canada backlog out of control, PSAC demands independent assessment

    June 18, 2015
    The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has obtained new figures proving the backlog of Employment Insurance claims at Service Canada has risen to more than 253,700 by the end of March despite the government’s commitment last December to hiring an additional 400 employees to eliminate the backlog.

  • New survey shows EI reforms hurting the public, workers

    February 17, 2015
    A recent survey of Service Canada’s front line workers in Quebec paints a troubling picture of frustrated clients and poor morale for workers due to drastic changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program.

  • Cuts to EI lead to thousands of complaints from Canadians

    December 12, 2014
    The government’s own data recently tabled in parliament shows poor performance indicators and a huge increase in complaints from Canadians due to cuts to the Employment Insurance program.

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