Twitter Storm! Don't cut Employment Insurance


Saturday, September 24, 2022
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

On Saturday, September 24, join the pan-Canadian online day of action to fix Employment Insurance. Help us create a Twitter storm to let the federal government know that it must take action now to ensure workers have access to EI when they need it.

Here's how you can help: 

  1. Sign and share this petition.
  2. On Saturday, share the following tweet:

    Sign the petition & tell @JustinTrudeau: Fix #EmploymentInsurance now! Extend the Recovery Measures. Expand #EI access. Improve the weekly benefit. Fund a new, annual federal government contribution. @CQualtro @cafreeland #canlab #justice4workers 
  3. Call your co-workers, friends and family to ask them to share this action and ask them to do the same. 

Thanks for your support! See you on Saturday!


On September 24, all temporary measures that improved our access to EI will expire.

It's urgent we extend the Recovery Measures as a bridge to permanent EI improvements. Workers will otherwise face a huge jump in the current minimum of 420 qualifying hours for both Regular and Special Benefits (parental, sickness, etc.), and the allocation/clawback of separation payments. Women, workers of colour, and others in precarious jobs are at particular risk.

At the start of COVID, the federal government relaxed EI eligibility to improve access to emergency support for those most in need. Without these supports, it would have been much worse for workers and their families due to the COVID closures, lockdowns, and layoffs. As a Statistics Canada report shows, the positive impact of an accessible EI system on workers' lives is undeniable. [1]

An inaccessible and inadequate EI program is another disaster for workers who need access to EI now when the next crisis hits.

That's why we are demanding the federal government immediately extend the temporary EI measures and implement the following permanent changes: 

  • Expand EI access: 
    • A 360-hour or 12-week qualifying rule with 50 weeks of income support
    • An end to harsh disqualification rules
    • Ensure migrant workers have access to EI
    • End misclassification, a practice where employers falsely label their employees as self-employed independent contractors to avoid paying their fair share of EI and CPP
  • Improve the weekly benefit rate and include a guaranteed weekly minimum
  • Fund a new, annual federal government contribution to EI to help pay for improvements, provide adequate staffing with fair pay, and ensure EI acts as an effective economic stabilizer at times of crisis

[1] "Pandemic benefits cushion losses for low-income earners and narrow income inequality." Statistics Canada. July 13th, 2022.

Sign the petition here.