Conservatives cut EI to new historic low

Only 36.5 per cent of unemployed Canadians now qualify for EI


OTTAWA – Radical and mean-spirited Conservative cuts to EI, alongside weak job creation numbers, are denying Canadians help when they need it most.

A new Statistics Canada report has revealed that fewer unemployed Canadians than ever before now qualify for EI benefits, a result of a series of moves by the Conservative government to limit access to EI.

“Canadian workers pay for EI on every paycheque – and trust that it will be there for them when they need it,” said NDP Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton – North Delta). “Unfortunately, Conservative EI cuts mean that fewer Canadians than ever will get help when they need it.”

The number of new EI claimants jumped by 7,900 in July, providing further evidence the Conservatives’ failed economic plan has meant more Canadians are unable to find work. At the same time, Statistics Canada reported nearly 11,000 fewer Canadians received EI benefits in July.

“We have warned the Conservatives they must abandon their radical cuts to EI. And our calls have been joined by premiers from Quebec and Atlantic Canada, plus workers and businesses,” said NDP Employment Insurance critic Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières). “It’s time for the Conservatives to listen and reverse their damaging changes to EI.”