Monday, October 18, 2021
ADVT 
National

Election won't stall EI review, minister says

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 21 Jul, 2021 09:57 AM
  • Election won't stall EI review, minister says

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough says a planned review of the sprawling employment insurance system will go ahead even if the country is plunged into a federal election campaign.

Qualtrough says consultations will start next month on how the decades-old system can be modernized after its shortcomings were exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But looming over the consultation call is an anticipated federal election that labour and business groups have worried would kibosh the long-sought review.

Speaking to The Canadian Press, Qualtrough says departmental officials will start consultations and keep them going even during an election campaign.

She adds that the government doesn't want a review to last for years, saying that the consultations will focus on a few key issues.

Among the issues to be looked at will be who can access the benefit system, whether the value of benefits need to change, and how to pay for any changes given employers and workers fund EI through premiums tied to paycheques.

MORE National ARTICLES

Canada to receive 7.1 million COVID-19 vaccines

Canada to receive 7.1 million COVID-19 vaccines

The federal government is expecting to receive about 7.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, as it adjusts its distribution strategy amid waning vaccination rates and substantial supply. The new deliveries will include about 3.1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and four million doses of Moderna.

Canada to receive 7.1 million COVID-19 vaccines

Canada, allies blame China for cyberattack

Canada, allies blame China for cyberattack

Canada joined the United States and other allies on Monday in blaming China for a massive cyberattack that compromised tens of thousands of computers around the world earlier this year.

Canada, allies blame China for cyberattack

Church destroyed by fire in Surrey, B.C.

Church destroyed by fire in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey Fire Service assistant chief Shelley Morris says the St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived at around 3:30 a.m.

Church destroyed by fire in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey Central Bus Loop closed near City Hall on 104th Ave due to police incident

Surrey Central Bus Loop closed near City Hall on 104th Ave due to police incident

Reports of a police incident near City Hall(104th at City Pkwy). Surrey Central Bus Loop is closed due to a police incident. Police situation blocking traffic in the region by the Surrey Central Bus Loop. Use caution and expect delays.

Surrey Central Bus Loop closed near City Hall on 104th Ave due to police incident

Clean energy centre launched in British Columbia

Clean energy centre launched in British Columbia

Premier John Horgan says each of them will contribute seed money of $35 million to stimulate other investment from the private sector on technologies like carbon capture, the use of low-carbon hydrogen and battery technology. 

Clean energy centre launched in British Columbia

45 COVID19 cases for Friday

45 COVID19 cases for Friday

80.6% (3,485,949) of all eligible adults in B.C. have received their first dose and 53.2% (2,301,322) received their second dose.

45 COVID19 cases for Friday