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The Employment Insurance (EI) program stands among the pillars of Canada’s social safety net, helping Canadians during major milestones throughout their working life. The Government is committed to improving the EI program so that it is better aligned with today’s labour market realities and is responsive to the needs of Canadian workers and employers.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, reinforces this commitment today by launching an online consultation to seek the views of Canadians on providing more flexible EI maternity and parental benefits as well as more inclusive caregiving benefits for Canadians who provide care to a family member.
Through the ESDC Consultations portal, the Government of Canada is consulting with Canadians between October 6 and November 4, 2016, to gather their thoughts on what is important to them and how they could benefit from additional support.
The Government is looking to all Canadians, particularly parents and caregivers, to join the conversation and share their views and experiences. This is an opportunity for Canadians to share their thoughts on the sort of adjustments that are required to improve Canada’s EI maternity, parental and caregiving benefits programs.
We are also seeking input from employers, advocacy groups, unions, academics, experts, the medical community and provinces and territories on this important issue.
These consultations, as well as the EI measures that came into effect this past summer, are part of the Government’s plan to help Canada’s middle class and those working hard to join it.
“Caring for a child or seriously ill family member puts tremendous pressure on many Canadians to balance their family and work responsibilities. Employment Insurance parental and caregiving benefits and leaves should be flexible and inclusive to meet the needs of today’s families. This is why I want to hear Canadians’ views on how we can better support parents and caregivers”.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
- The Budget 2016 will provide $2.7 billion over the next two years for improvements to EI to help Canadians across the country.
- The Government of Canada is considering options to help parents and their families by providing for greater flexibility in EI parental benefits and unpaid leave under the Canada Labour Code.
- The Government of Canada is considering options to provide more flexible and inclusive EI caregiving benefits and unpaid leave under the Canada Labour Code to more Canadians who provide care to a family member.
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