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Federal EI amendments encourage job seekers to enhance skills • Ontario WSIB streamlines worker retraining program • CRA audits find $7.4 billion owed by businesses in 2008-2009: Report
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2010

Federal EI amendments encourage job seekers to enhance skills

OTTAWA — Employment Insurance Regulation SOR/2009-130 is the government's effort to motivate workers towards re-employability through retraining. Under the amendments, claimants who have, at their own expense, pursued retraining in a program deemed eligible under the Employment Insurance Act will receive their regular employment insurance (EI) benefits earlier than claimants who have not attempted retraining. These early benefits recipients would be entitled to their EI payments beginning the first week of the layoff or separation. Prior to the amendments, all EI claimants were eligible to receive their benefits at this time.