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e-1914 (Employment Insurance Program)

Initiated by Véronique Martineau from Montréal, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • 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.
Open for signature
October 30, 2018, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 27, 2019, at 9:56 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Brigitte Sansoucy
New Democratic Party Caucus
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