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e-1914 (Employment Insurance Program)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Véronique Martineau from Montréal, Quebec, on October 30, 2018, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Employment insurance
Employment Insurance Act
Women
The Petition is open for signature until February 27, 2019, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Employment Insurance unfairly penalizes women in terms of their access to benefits; and
  • Only 35.2% of unemployed women are eligible for regular EI benefits, compared to 52.5% of unemployed men.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to enhance the current Employment Insurance system to ensure universal access to it:
– By lowering the eligibility threshold to 350 hours or 13 weeks (instead of 420 to 700 hours);
– By establishing a minimum threshold of 35 weeks of benefits (instead of 14 weeks);
– By increasing the benefit rate to 70% of salary based on the best 12 weeks of salary (instead of 55%);
– By annually indexing the levels of the family supplement (including a retroactive readjustment as of 1997), calculated based on individual income rather than family income;
– By eliminating total exclusions resulting from resignation or misconduct; and
– By amending the Employment Insurance Act so that any absence related to pregnancy, maternity or parental responsibilities does not prevent access to regular Employment Insurance benefits.
Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot
NDP
Quebec
Open for signature : October 30, 2018, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 27, 2019, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
7
British Columbia
4
New Brunswick
3
Newfoundland and Labrador
1
Nunavut
1
Ontario
19
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
413
Saskatchewan
1
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