EI Before the Crisis
The new EI Monitoring and Assessment Report provides some useful information about access before the crisis.
In 2007, about one in five (17.7%)Â ofÂ EI premium payers who were laid-offÂ did not qualify for access to EI due specifically to a lack of enough hours of insured work, including 66% of (mainly women) part-time workers andÂ 54% of young workers.Â That amounted toÂ 99,000 personsÂ in an average month.
Of those who got into the system in 2007,Â more than one in fourÂ (30% of women and 27% of men) exhausted their benefits before finding a new job. (See Chapter 5.)
Fewer premium payers would qualify todayÂ due toÂ cuts in hours worked and the sharp rise in part-time work,Â and we will see a rise in the proportion of exhaustees among those who get in because of the shrinkage in jobs.
Which is why access to EI will remain aÂ key issue, despite those Conservative claims that there is no access issue.