Ottawa cuts off some EI data just as it readies new rules for jobless claimants

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OTTAWA — The Conservative government has cut off the flow of key employment data to the public just as it is about to present new, stricter rules on Employment Insurance.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is set to announce details Thursday that will alter the landscape for those collecting EI, with particular emphasis on repeat claimants.

But at the same time, The Canadian Press has learned that her department has stopped sending Statistics Canada key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants.

Statistics Canada says three tables normally produced with StatsCan’s monthly EI summary are now “frozen,” because Human Resources stopped sending the data due to some inconsistencies.

Demand for information about EI is running high right now as a result of the government’s slow strip tease on proposed changes to the program.

For weeks, firm details of the government’s plan to overhaul EI have been sparse, often contradictory and always controversial — prompting an outcry from some Atlantic premiers, opposition critics and organized labour.

Organizations: Statistics Canada, Canadian Press, Human Resources

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • Year-round -worker
    May 24, 2012 - 07:41

    For to long EI has been used a suppliment to seasonal work. This is not the intent of EI. It was to assit workers that lost their jobs for a short term while they searched for another job. It was not intented to allow someone to work 10-16 weeks and then spend the fall and winter in the woods at the cabin. Many people in this province turn down work that would pay more than their EI cheque because it would "screw up" their next claim. They are not robbing the govt., they are robbing the working public and employers who pay for EI. It is time to introduce a separate seasonal workers suppliment that seasonal workers would have to pay into and collect from when they are off. I welcome any EI change that takes the lazy out the woods and puts them to work all fall and winter. A 1-1.5 hour drive to work is considered a joke everywhere else and the unemployment rate in St. John's is less than in Toronto. Lets get to work people!

  • Brian
    May 24, 2012 - 06:31

    Who wrote this article?? Federal Money going to EI claimants, The Feds don't put a dime in this fund, all paid for by employee's and employers, the Fed's only administer this. The feds use this money continually at our expense and they set the rules. TIME FOR CHANGE, this program should be administered by an independant orginazation, but wait how would the fed's replace all the money they have spent from this fund???

    • a business man
      May 24, 2012 - 07:10

      It is time for a change. those who use EI the most should pay higher premiums.

  • Tim Fitzpatrick
    May 23, 2012 - 20:58

    Once again this government has made a total mockery of democracy by making secret, far reaching and potentially very damaging legislation without giving it fair and due process. Put it out there for debate, let the people have their say on the matter. So far they have robbed two years worth of CPP revenue off the backs of hard working canadians, now they want to rob even more off the backs of the less fortunate canadians who cannot find a job in these tough times that this government helped create! Beware Mr. Harper and all your cronies - it won't be long before you find yourselves in the unemployment line. Canadians have very quickly become tired of your act. Unfortunately you will have robbed so much from us by then that the damage will have been done - However one day you will have to answer up for your cruel actions here today!

  • Duffy
    May 23, 2012 - 15:19

    Thank Goodness the government is finally going to do something about the healthy people that sit home and drink beer and watch TV all winter after working a few weeks in the summer. Get the lazy bums off their a____.