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‘CTV Toronto – Six employment law misconceptions everyone must know about

Diane Peters, Special to CTVNewsToronto.ca | Published Sept. 14, 2022 With more people returning to the office and with concerns about an economic slowdown –  31,000 jobs were lost in July – now’s a good time to get a handle on your employment rights. “Everyone thinks that they know a lot about employment law; they think they understand what...

Newswire.ca – New Statistic Canada data shows temporary EI measures are worth keeping for the long run

NEWS PROVIDED BY Unifor  Aug 19, 2022 The stark drop in workers disqualified from Employment Insurance during COVID-19 shows that the pandemic EI measures should be renewed, says Unifor. “The report confirms what workers have been telling the federal government for months: the pandemic EI improvements worked,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “The federal government should...

insauga.com – Oakville Chamber of Commerce says now not time to raise EI premiums

By Gene Pereira   Published July 12, 2022 The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is cautioning the federal government that now is not the time to increase Employment Insurance (EI) premiums on businesses. The Canadian government is looking at possible changes to the EI program after more than two years of COVID-19 pandemic measures have hit the program...

Ukraine immigration measures – Financial assistance to newcomers

Ukraine immigration measures: Financial assistance The federal government is offering financial assistance to help newly arrived Ukrainian families who are in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The assistance is a one-time, non-taxable benefit. It’s to take care of your basic needs while you get settled in Canada. Apply online   Who...

CBC.ca – Almost 100,000 students to get break on CERB repayments

Elizabeth Thompson · CBC News · Posted: Jun 24, 2022 Many students who got CERB should have applied for the lower paying Canada Emergency Student Benefit Nearly 100,000 students asked to repay CERB benefits they claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic could soon get a break. Under an order in council, adopted without fanfare earlier this month, students will be able...

CP24.com – Nearly 1 in 4 homeowners would have to sell home if interest rates rise more, survey suggests

The Canadian Press Published Monday, June 13, 2022 12:31PM EDT Nearly one in four homeowners say they will have to sell their home if interest rates go up further, according to a new debt survey from Manulife Bank of Canada. The survey, conducted between April 14 and April 20, also found that 18 per cent...

Globalnews.ca – Passport bottlenecks spilling over to EI, CPP applicants

By Simon Little & John Hua  Global News  Posted May 25, 2022 Backlogs and bottlenecks in passport processing through Service Canada appear to be causing problems for clients seeking other core services through the facilities, such as death benefits or employment insurance. Lower Mainland resident Kim Boechler told Global News she waited more than 13 hours cumulatively over...

Canada.ca – Government of Canada announces affordable high-speed Internet to help connect low-income families and seniors

$20 a month high-speed Internet will help connect hundreds of thousands of low-income families and seniors April 4, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario Canadians need access to high-quality Internet services at affordable prices. Through the Connecting Families initiative, the Government of Canada, in partnership with 14 Internet service providers (ISP), is supporting affordable high-speed Internet for those who need...

PBO – Increasing the maximum number of weeks of employment insurance sickness benefits to 52 weeks from 15 weeks

Our team has discovered that the federal government is going to increase EI sickness benefit weeks from 15 weeks to 52 weeks. Bill C-215 proposes to increase the maximum number of weeks for employment insurance sickness benefits due to a prescribed illness, injury, or quarantine to 52 weeks from 15 weeks. The extension is assumed...

Global News – More than half of Canadians worry about feeding family amid inflation, Ipsos poll finds

About 60 per cent of Canadians surveyed in a recent poll by Ipsos done exclusively for Global News say they’re concerned they might not have enough money to feed their family, a percentage that’s up 16 per cent from a similar poll conducted in November 2021. source: https://globalnews.ca/video/8702381/more-than-half-of-canadians-worry-about-feeding-family-amid-inflation-ipsos-poll-finds?fbclid=IwAR2wz3PoyEaSq-F2l3aSKqH4ykuJQBr21JEDrOcRx17u0H_tAkXontO4q3s

SaultOnline.com – Taxpayers may be on the hook for billions in defaulted mortgages

By  Dan Gray – March 17, 2022 With interest rates and house prices on the rise, some believe the country is headed towards a housing bubble, such as the one seen in the US in the mid-2000’s. Added to those two factors is that more than 50% of recent new mortgages were approved with variable...

Globe and Mail – Why you can – and should – job-hunt while pregnant

ANDREA YU | March 7, 2022 This article is part of a package produced by the Globe Women’s Collective aligned to International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias. Faye Pang had already given notice of her upcoming pregnancy to the tech company she worked at when a recruiter reached out to her. They...

Canada.ca – Government of Canada helping remove barriers to training and employment for women

Mar 07, 2022 | Employment and Social Development Canada GATINEAU, QC, March 7, 2022 /CNW/ – The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on Canadian workers; but women have been disproportionately affected, and their economic recovery has been slower. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in new training and employment supports for women, including eliminating barriers...

TorontoSun – Pandemic blamed as EI recipients wait months for payments

Postmedia News Publishing date: Jan 31, 2022 Employment Insurance recipients in Canada are waiting months to receive their benefits instead of the promised 28 days. Blacklock’s Reporter said MPs are complaining about the lack of response from federal call centres despite Ottawa spending more than $620 million since 2016 to better serve EI claimants. “I consider...

National Post – Unvaccinated workers who lose jobs ineligible for EI benefits, minister says

The policy is intended to protect workplaces from outbreaks and encourage vaccine uptake, says Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough Author of the article: National Post Staff Publishing date:Dec 31, 2021  Jobless Canadians who refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19 could be shut out of unemployment benefits, warns Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough. Speaking to Canadian Press, Qualtrough...

Blogto.com – Ontario’s minimum wage increases to $15 on Jan. 1, 2022

Ontario’s minimum wage increases to $15 on Jan. 1, 2022, but for many people the boost is too little, too late. In November, the Ontario government said it was increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, effective Jan. 1, 2022. This announcement came about a month after the province bumped up the minimum wage a measly 10 cents to...

YorkRegion.com – ‘So messed up, stressful:’ Georgina new mom finds silver lining amid pandemic

By Amanda Persico, Georgina Advocate, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 #Reflection: Then and now: Georgina woman goes from unemployed and pregnant to new mom and owning her own business While some may say it was an improvement over the previous year, there was still a lot about 2021 that we’d like to forget. There were some...

Canada.ca – Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit

December 22, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian workers and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced the federal government’s intention to temporarily expand eligibility for key support programs to ensure Canadians are...

Toronto Star – Job losses loom as Toronto businesses close or cut back — but this time workers have almost no government support

New federal pandemic aid program is currently not available to any workers at all and the government ended the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) program in October. By Christine DobbyBusiness Reporter, Wed., Dec. 22, 2021 A wave of slashed hours and job losses is headed for the hospitality, entertainment and retail sectors, and labour advocates say workers...

Canada Summer Job Application – Deadline January 25, 2022

The call for applications is now open for Canada Summer Jobs program. Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in April 2022. Once approved, the list of employers approved for funding will be available on the Canada Summer Jobs Employers Approved for funding. Jobs that have been approved for funding are...

Statistic Canada News – Employment Insurance Program Update

Released: 2021-11-18 The number of Canadians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits dropped 187,000 (-12.7%) in September to 1.3 million. Ontario, Quebec and Alberta accounted for most of the national decrease. Do you use labour market information as part of your work? Statistics Canada and the Labour Market Information Council are teaming up to gather feedback from professionals that are regularly...

CBC – EI benefits being denied to some college, university students

‘There’s even some people I know that had to drop out of university because they couldn’t afford it’ Wayne Thibodeau · CBC News · Posted: Nov 30, 202 Changes to a program that allows Island students to continue to receive employment insurance benefits while attending university and college have left some students out in the cold. The Career Connect Program...

HRReporter – Changes to Wage Earner Protection Program now in effect

  Removes deduction of 6.82 per cent applied to payments; enables earlier access By Jim Wilson Nov 22, 2021 Ottawa is making changes to the Wage Earner Protection Program (WEPP) to expand eligibility and put more money in the pockets of Canadians. Specifically, the government has removed the standard 6.82-per-cent deduction applied to all WEPP payments....

Toronto Star – Feds waiving normal EI rules for British Columbians left jobless by extreme flooding

By Nick WellsThe Canadian Press, Sun., Nov. 21, 2021 The federal government promised to expedite employment insurance applications and ease travel restrictions at British Columbia’s borders on Sunday, among a host of measures meant to help residents of the flood-ravaged province recover from recent storms and weather new ones expected in the days ahead. The show...

Toronto Star (Alberta) – Minister Sawhney driving unemployed Albertans back to work

  By Kenyon Stronski, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterThe Taber Times | Wed., Nov. 17, 2021 There is a forecasted shortage of 3,600 Class 1 commercial drivers in Alberta. This shortage initially came around when Alberta introduced the Mandatory Entry Level Training Program (MELT) for all Class 1 drivers. The introduction of this standard capped the program...

Canada.ca – Canada Employment Insurance Commission sets the 2022 Employment Insurance Premium Rate

News release September 14, 2021             Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) today made available the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2022 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate. The rate is set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings...

National Post – Unpaid leave begins for some federal employees not vaccinated for COVID-19

  The policy could potentially leave more than 1,000 workers without pay and unable to access employment insurance benefits Author of the article: The Canadian Press Laura Osman Publishing date: Nov 15, 2021  •  16 hours ago  •  3 minute read OTTAWA — Employees in the core federal public sector who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were to...

CBC – Don’t expect EI if you lose your job for not being vaccinated, minister says

  Employment minister says those who lose job because of vax status likely not eligible for EI Richard Raycraft · CBC News · Posted: Oct 21, 2021 6:26 PM ET | Last Updated: October 22 Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says it’s likely that people who lose their jobs for not complying with employer COVID-19 vaccine policies will not be eligible for employment...