Ottawa re-defines ‘suitable work’ in new EI rules announced today

Canada’s federal government announced new rules for those seeking Employment Insurance today.

Among other things, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley explained how the term “suitable employment” has been re-defined.

From the Globe:

The Conservative government unveiled a sweeping overhaul of Canada’s Employment Insurance system, creating three new tiers of job hunters that will most directly affect repeat users of the program.

(…) Canadians will be expected to broaden their search the longer they remain on EI.

The unemployed will be divided into three categories, depending on how frequently they file EI claims. They will be: Long-tenured workers, Occasional, and Frequent. The new changes will mostly push those in the latter category to broaden their job search quickly after becoming unemployed, which could mean accepting lower paid positions and jobs located as far as one hour away, or longer “in communities where longer commuting times are the norm.”

Last week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had begun preparing the ground for today’s EI announcement as he declared that, “There is no bad job, the only bad job is not having a job,” and added a personal touch to it: “I drove a taxi, I refereed hockey. You do what you have to do to make a living.”

 




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Ottawa re-defines ‘suitable work’ in new EI rules announced today

    • Before we let Docs Drive Taxis, we should make tories work in the garbage dump sites. There are no bad jubs after all, it shall be great mix of garbage playing with garbage or rearranging it in various locations. Wake up Canada, enough there is enough BS at the top, and now it is sti nking too !

  1. Before we let Docs Drive Taxis, we should make tories work in the garbage dump sites. There are no bad jubs after all, it shall be great mix of garbage playing with garbage or rearranging it in various locations. Wake up Canada, enough there is enough BS at the top, and now it is sti nking too !

  2. A chunk of the issue being ignored is that businesses are in cost
    cutting mode. Heck if Timmy’s could go self -serve the unemployment
    numbers would spike severely.

    Businesses aren’t going to stop looking for a cheaper labour force.
    Maybe ending subsidies to businesses who use foreign workers in areas of
    high unemployment should be explored.

  3. So the Cons raid the EI fund of $52B, put it in a $15B deficit, now slash benefits to pay it down? They might as well call it the EI tax because workers pay into it but get little in return.

    BTW, here are the facts on Harper’s EI book-cooking. When the Liberals came to power in 1993, part of the $43B deficit they inherited was a $10B EI deficit (then UI.) It was part of the federal budget. But over the course of 15 years, since there was no recession, the fund eventually paid itself down and went into a surplus that reached $54B by 2008.

    By 2008, Harper decided to make the EI fund separate from the budget. But instead of putting the $54B into the reserve that workers had paid into it, he only put it $2B robbing workers of $52B.

    Next thing you know, the recession hit and the fund went into a big deficit. Harper began raising EI taxes to pay it down. Now instead of raising taxes he is slashing benefits.

    There was never anything wrong with the UI system, just bad policies that robbed workers for no good reason.

  4. I find it passingly interesting that the areas most impacted by this are regions that tend not to vote CPC.

    Also: will the businesses this is supposed to benefit want to hire seasonal workers? Will they want to spend time and money training someone who is almost guaranteed to walk away in a few months?

    Here’s a thought: politicians can’t collect their salaries when the HoC isn’t sitting; they’ll have to take a job at Timmie’s instead..

    • Timmy’s or old Sal’s hog farm. They ought to be used to working with pork.

  5. Bravo ! Time that we as a country step up to the plate. Good for the Conservatives. Of course the lefties always have fun with our money until they run out of it. As an employer, I am looking forward to having people actually want to come to work and not have them tell me during a job interview ….”here are the days I can’t work”. It takes all I can muster not to kick them in the ass. To all of you system leeches… unless you are mentally or physically unable to work… get off your lazy ass. Canada has “officially” run out of free money!

    • Having poor quality candidates come in for interviews with you is a completely separate issue from slashing EI benefits. We could discuss the pros and cons of the legislation without confusing the issue with the unrealistic expectations many younger people have when entering the job market.

    • You’re about to get more of that, not less. People forced to be interviewed that want no part of what you have to offer. Sounds like an employers nightmare, not salvation.

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