Falling EI Benefits Amid Rising Unemployment
The Labour Force Survey indicates that 42,100 more Canadians were unemployed in March. In other words, the federal government provided benefits to fewer workers despite a spike in unemployment and more applications for benefits.
As a result, only 38% of unemployed Canadians received EI benefits (i.e. 523,700 beneficiaries out of 1,374,700 unemployed workers). To improve EI coverage in Canadaâ€™s weak job market, the federal government should increase the accessibility and duration of benefits for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.