Explaining the new EI


The New Democrats and Liberals are displeased. Rona Ambrose attempts an easy-to-understand explanation.

New EI changes are like ‘E-Harmony’ for job seekers and employers: matching Cdns looking for work with available jobs, data, support.

During this morning’s news conference, Diane Finley was asked specifically about the ramifications for seasonal workers.

Reporter: How does this impact on seasonal workers … if you take a fish plant worker, for example, works six months for the season. Then there’s a job at McDonald’s available. It’s deemed similar in terms of working around the kitchen. What do they do? They work six months at the fish plant, go to McDonald’s, say to the employer I’m here for six months and then I’m back? So how does this impact seasonal workers?

Diane Finley: Well, this is going to impact everyone because what we want to do is make sure that the McDonald’s of the world aren’t having to bring in temporary foreign workers to do jobs that Canadians who are on EI have the skills to do. It’s about taking advantage of the labour and skills that we have in this country, putting them to productive use and doing it in such a way that the employers are better off but the employee and his or her family is always better off. And that’s why we’ve made other changes leading up to this announcement to make sure that the worker is always better off taking work that’s available than not. And also it means that that money is here in Canada and not going to outside workers unless absolutely necessary.


Explaining the new EI

  1. Well, I guess all those students are out of a job then

    • Oh ya, this is going to mean the end of students getting summer jobs. They’re all doomed. Maybe they’ll have another stupid protest about it.

      • Get a job, will you?

        • I have a job, thank you very much. If anyone needs to get a job it’s @40d99c343d00cd17c0b8cc060b39af8b:disqus

    • Hmmm, and here I thought most students were in class in the winter and worked in the summer. I guess I was wrong.

      • Most students work year round.

        • Not most students I know. Got any stats to back that up, or are you just talking off the cuff again?

          • I never talk off the cuff….and I don’t respond to people who just want to argue for the sake of arguing.


          • LOL – good one!
            (Or, if you’re serious, then you’re delusional – because you do both endlessly)

          • The average employment hours of postsecondary students with jobs increased steadily until the late 1990s and have since hovered around 16 hours per week . Although average hours have increased, 9 in 10 students still work part time during the school year. The trend and business cycle fluctuation in student work hours have been similar for both sexes, however, men have consistently worked on average 1.5 to 2.5 more hours per week than women.
            Source- Statscan

  2. When was the last time McDonald’s brought temporary foreign workers in on work visas to fill vacant burger-flipping positions???

    • Now that they can pay them 15% less they have every reason to start!

    • There are Timmies locations in NL doing just that.

      But here’s a bigger question – do the fast food joints even want to hire seasonal workers, knowing they will leave the moment work starts up again in their preferred industry? People who only took the job in the first place under duress (just what service-industry businesses need: more-sullen-than-normal employees)?

      • There are Tim Horton’s franchises in NL flying in temporary foreign workers from outside of Canada to serve us our coffee and donuts? Really??? I find that terribly hard to believe.

        • They had a story on it in Macleans a while ago: http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/01/31/to-have-and-have-not/ My uncle owns a few Timmies in St. John’s and they are chronically short-staffed – though he hasn’t gone the foreign worker route (so far). Subject: [macleansca] Re: Explaining the new EI

  3. Just wondering when employers will be obliged to offer their vacant positions to the unemployed before offering them to the general public – it’s a logical next step isn’t it ;-)

    • Next, they will be told who to hire. Free-market work forces are so inefficient.

  4. Ah. So taking a crap job with no sort of medical benefits that pull you away from your family for 8 or 10 hours a day is making it so the “employee and his or her family is always better off.”

    Because daycare is so damned cheap and easily available these days…

    ..oh wait.

    Friggin’ morons. If you want to make EI welfare, do the honest thing and make it welfare and stop charging us for it separately. Otherwise.. piss off.

    And I thought these turkeys prided themselves on being against the nanny state.