New changes to Employment Insurance will cost $7.7B, PBO predicts

The cost of changing up the country’s Employment Insurance rules to allow more workers impacted by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic to qualify may be slightly more than … Read More

Liberals unveil $37B for CERB transition to new benefits, EI changes

Just a few weeks ahead of the expected end of the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit, the Trudeau government announced on Thursday $37-billion in fresh spending on new and revamped federal … Read More

Trudeau government should rethink EI as CERB winds down, labour group warns

A workers-rights group is calling on the federal government to rethink the employment insurance program as an emergency benefit for workers is set to run out. The government estimates four … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau announces plans for end of CERB, transition to EI

The federal government plans to transition recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the Employment Insurance (EI) program as the coronavirus aid program wraps up this fall, Prime … Read More

New moms who lost jobs amid coronavirus told to work to qualify for parental EI

Alexis Adams is joyful about the arrival of her third daughter but she is also concerned about how to pay for another maternity leave that is, like her daughter, barely … Read More

Coronavirus pandemic raises question: Is it time for a basic income?

Economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus has led some to ask whether it’s time for a basic income. In Canada alone, more than a million people have lost their jobs since … Read More

Service Canada to shut down all in-person centres over coronavirus concerns

The federal government is shutting down the network of in-person Service Canada centres over COVID-19 concerns. Some of the offices, such as one tucked inside Ottawa’s city hall, have already … Read More