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EI changes fail to garner experts' praise

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Budget extends the amount of time that a person can collect EI to 50 weeks from 45, but benefit level not increased ...Read the full article

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  1. J. K. GALBRAITH from Canada writes: The focus on EI seems to be only the variation in the number of hours it takes to qualify to receive EI. However, there is wide variation in the number of weeks that a person can receive benefits for apparently based on the unemployment rate. For example, a friend of mine in Southern Ontario could only collect EI for 18 weeks last year because the unemployment rate in his region was cooler than many other parts of the country. Unless, the payout variation is changed, many unemployed will not be able to take advantage of extending the length of time benefits will be provided.

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