P.E.I. exploring program to help seasonal workers

New program would allow workers to keep more assistance

The Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour is pushing for a program allowing seasonal workers on government assistance to keep more of their employment insurance benefits.

Taken from a similar program in Nova Scotia, seasonal workers on government assistance would be able to keep up to $3,000 of their wages before losing their benefits.

At an annual meeting Friday, members of the P.E.I. Federation of Labour voted unanimously in favour of the program.

Government officials are also in support of taking a close look at the program.

"I would support looking at this, taking a review on it and see if this could fit in P.E.I.'s jurisdiction as well," Agriculture Minister George Webster told CBC.

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