EI Program Hinders Reduction in Regional Unemployment, Reforms Required: C.D. Howe Institute



    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Canada's low national unemployment figures
continue to mask the persistence of high regional unemployment, according to a
study from the C.D. Howe Institute. The Employment Insurance program
contributes to the problem and should be reformed, says policy analyst Colin
Busby in "Fixing a Persistent Problem: Canada's Regional Pockets of
Unemployment."
    Among other reforms, according to Busby, EI should be changed to: provide
lump-sum moving bonuses financed through costs savings from changes to the EI
program; target aid to high-needs workers; and allow for short-term
portability of regional EI benefits.
    The report is available at click here
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/ebrief_66.pdf





For further information:

For further information: Colin Busby, Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe
Institute, (416) 865-1904, Email: cdhowe@cdhowe.org


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