POLITICS

Ottawa to divide Prince Edward Island into two E.I. regions in October

02/20/2014 03:07 EST | Updated 04/22/2014 05:59 EDT
O'LEARY, P.E.I., - The federal government has announced changes to Employment Insurance it says will better reflect the economy in Prince Edward Island.

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea announced Thursday that beginning in October the Island will be divided into two EI regions — a capital and non-capital region.

Shea says the change will strengthen the program's core principle that benefits are calculated based on local economic realities.

The federal government says the unemployment rate in Charlottetown has been consistently lower than in rural areas of the province.

It says between June 2011 and June 2013 the unemployment rate in the capital city was on average five points lower.

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