Did Ottawa mean to do this to EI? (Guest Commentary)

Federal government’s new definition of ‘suitable employment’ means parents of school-aged children can’t be denied benefits during summer
By Alan McEwen
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2013

In last spring’s federal budget, the government signalled its intention to tighten up the criteria around the job searches of employment insurance claimants.

Claimants have always been expected to be actively looking for work, in order to qualify for regular benefits, but these changes, made effective Jan. 6, 2013, now define specific criteria on how claimants are expected to prove their availability for work.

However, when researching these changes, I did not expect they would also have overturned long-standing principles around when a person would be considered available for work and, hence, eligible for regular benefits.