SRDC Research Associate makes recommendations to the House of Commons

May 11, 2004

SRDC Senior Research Associate Carole Vincent presented recommendations on Employment Insurance (EI) reform to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on May 11, 2004. Based on the conclusions of the SRDC report Understanding Employment Insurance Claim Patterns: Final Report of the Earnings Supplement Project, Dr. Vincent argued that despite ongoing efforts to improve EI’s support of Canadians, the EI program does not adequately recognize the current realities of the labour market. She advised the committee that priority should be given to evaluating the merits of a true hours-based program that would extend full EI coverage to all workers who are in paid employment and who are therefore required to pay premiums.