EI pilot project extended to 2009

Ottawa continues project in 21 economic areas that lets workers collect an additional five weeks of benefits
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 12/17/2007

The federal government is extending an employment insurance (EI) benefits pilot project until 2009.

The pilot project increases EI entitlement by providing five additional weeks of benefits to EI claimants, up to a maximum of 45 weeks of benefits for people who live in one of 21 economic regions, according to Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"Our government recognizes that not all regions are seeing the same growth and that individuals employed in seasonal work face specific challenges," said Solberg. "This pilot project is intended to test a mechanism for helping seasonal workers who experience an annual income gap due to limited work alternatives in their regions."