Input sought on recent EI changes

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An advisory panel studying the effect on Atlantic Canada of recent changes to Employment Insurance (EI) is inviting submissions outlining “specific and concrete impacts” people have experienced as a result of the changes.

“This consultation process is an important part of determining the current impacts stemming from the federal government’s changes to EI,” panel chairman Pierre-Marcel Desjardins said in a news release. “We are asking affected Atlantic Canadians to participate in the consultation process to assist us in fully understanding the current labour market and to determine the impacts of the changes.”

Members of the public are encouraged to provide information to the panel by participating in a telephone survey. Registrations to participate in the survey will be accepted until Jan. 7 by calling 1-855-681-8210 or by registering online at

 People and organizations affected by the changes will receive invitations to participate in scheduled sessions in the coming weeks with representatives from the advisory panel within their province. Members of the public or organizations can also request an opportunity to appear before the advisory panel sessions.

Written submissions will also be accepted by mail or email until Jan. 31, 2014.

Details on the consultation process and to review the discussion paper can be found on the Council of Atlantic Premiers website at

“The results of these consultations will complement the information we have already gathered through the Council of Atlantic Premiers recently commissioned study on federal EI changes,” Desjardins said.

A final report from the advisory panel is anticipated in early 2014.

Organizations: Council of Atlantic Premiers

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