The sole purpose of Canada’s economic action plan is to encourage people to get out and look for work, any work, because any work is better than no work, so they say. They also say that, “We continue to take important steps to ensure that you will always benefit from accepting work.”
The old employment insurance system and the new both allow you to earn a few dollars to top up your EI, but here’s the problem: you must earn it in less than 35 hours a week. Therefore, if you qualify for top EI benefits you will receive $485 a week and if you accept a minimum-wage job at 35 hours a week you will earn $350 and EI will drop you like a hot potato, so I don’t think people will be bowling each other over to get to those minimum-wage jobs.
Maybe Federal Human Resources Minister Diane Finley could shed some light on that.