The federal government has launched the second phase of its consultations on modernizing the Employment Insurance program.
This round of consultations focuses on collecting public input on:
- the adequacy of EI - whether the amount and duration of available benefits are meeting the objectives of the program along with the needs of workers and employers contributing to it
- the financial sustainability of the EI program - exploring different approaches for financing the program to balance costs and benefits while limiting premium increases moving forward
Instructions for submitting your ideas and input are available here. Public feedback is being accepted until July 29, 2022.
As part of this phase of consultations, the federal government will also be hosting roundtable discussions with worker and employer groups, along with EI experts, beginning in mid-May.
Additionally, the What We Heard report has been released, which summarizes the key findings from the first phase of consultations. Between August 2021 and February 2022:
- 1,900 individuals from across the country responded to an online survey
- over 70 written submissions were received from groups and individuals representing employers, workers and unions
- 20 national and regional roundtable discussions were held which included more than 200 stakeholders representing workers, employers, unions, industry groups, academics, labour market experts, self-employed and gig worker associations, parent and family associations, community advocacy groups, and health organizations