November 16, 2021 – The federal government’s decision to end the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) before implementing a permanent fix for the country’s inadequate Employment Insurance (EI) program will revert workers to failed pre-pandemic income security measures. The pandemic is not over yet, and more than 750,000 in Canada people still rely on the CRB. Despite this fact, the federal government ended the program on Saturday, October 23, 2021. It’s irresponsible to end this program before making permanent fixes to EI, so that workers have income security we can all rely on.
This new government needs to hear from workers, before they continue down a path that leaves us behind. Unifor Canada has launched a campaign to Extend the Canada Recovery Benefit and Fix EI. Canada’s EI system, characterized by its restrictive eligibility criteria, low benefit rates and significant gaps in coverage, does not provide the safety net that unemployed workers need. While EI reforms were promised by the federal government and by the Liberal Party, consultations, postponed by the federal election, have yet to be scheduled.
CLICK HERE to add your name to Unifor’s petition and stand up for workers. Income security must be a top priority of this government.