Extend CRB and Fix Employment Insurance Letter


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This is an Urgent Call to Extend COVID Recovery Benefits and
Take Early Action on Permanent Reforms to Employment Insurance

The following organizations call on the Federal Government to immediately:

1. Extend the Canada Recovery Benefit retroactively from October 23, until
there is a more complete recovery from COVID.

Almost one million workers applied for CRB benefits in the first half of October
(943,300 at Oct 9) with more retroactive claims to come. They were in need of these
benefits - people without work or with significantly reduced hours of work and earnings.

They include those not eligible for EI or those who have finished their EI benefits.
COVID is still very much with us. It is still impacting jobs and work schedules, including
those affected by supply chain challenges and a slow return to full capacity services
and production. These benefits do not disappear down a drain; they are spent in our
communities and help local economies to weather the COVID storm and aftermath.

The government should also restore the $500 benefit and provide repayment amnesty
for low-income claimants who received federal COVID benefits.

2. Take early action on permanent reforms to Employment Insurance.

We urgently need key improvements such as:

  • Better access: a 360 hour/12-week qualifying rule, 50 week duration, an end to
    harsh disqualifications, more access for migrants and misclassified self-employed
  • Improved benefit rates, now at historic lows, and including a guaranteed minimum
  • New annual Federal contributions to EI to help pay for improvements and ensure
    EI acts as an automatic economic stabilizer at times of crisis.

 

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