Unemployment Insurance


EI Is the Biggest Scam of Them All

Now you may be asking, "How is EI a scam? I pay into it, and if I lose my job, the government's got my back right?" The answer to that is no, not exactly. The government plays favourites with EI benefit payments, basing your eligibility entirely on where you live and what you do for a living.

Should EI Become A Savings Plan?

OTTAWA - A taxpayer group says Canada's employment insurance system is broken and needs to be replaced.In a report released today, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the EI system is being used by...

Good News For Your Paycheque

OTTAWA - Employers and workers will get a small break over the next three years as the Conservative government freezes employment insurance premiums at the current level.Planned rate increases are no...

How the Government Sneakily Pockets Your Pension

I read an article the other day that brought up a problem that sadly, happens more than we think; dying before you collect Canada Pension Plan (CPP) retirement benefits. The message was clear and correct -- a lot of people contribute a lot of money into CPP and never receive an income payment. Is this fair? I don't think so.

How Bad Journalism Demeans Atlantic Canada

National business journalists and columnists have bought into Prime Minister Stephen Harper's demeaning view that folks in the Atlantic region are backward and have a defeatist attitude. Framed in contemptuous language, they're promoting untested economic ideas that, if adopted, would seriously damage the economy -- and the people -- of the region.

Catholic Bishops vs. Stephen Harper

Roman Catholic bishops in Atlantic Canada are asking the federal government to re-think proposed changes to Employment Insurance rules. The church leaders issued a public letter to members of their d...

How Life Milestones Affect Your Tax Return

It is amazing how much your life can change in the span of a year. Perhaps you graduated and are now working full-time after moving to a new place. Or you bought your first home. All these events are exciting but they can also make tax time a little more complicated. Understanding how they affect your taxes is the key to maximizing your savings.

<em>Knock Knock</em>, EI Users

OTTAWA - The federal government has begun visiting Employment Insurance recipients at home as part of an "examination" being conducted while the program undergoes an overhaul.About 1,200 recipients ar...

Tories Set To End EI Mystery

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley is expected to put an end to speculation about the government's planned changes to employment insurance when she holds a news conference Thursday morning. Offici...

Unemployment Claims Up In 8 Provinces

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits increased by 2.3 per cent or 12,400 in January to 561,100, roughly the same level as in June 2011.T...

Rae Slams New Year's Day EI Hike

TORONTO - Ottawa is making a mistake in raising employment insurance premiums while unemployment is high, Liberal leader Bob Rae warned Friday.The change, which kicks in on New Year's Day, will penali...