Category Archives: Income Support

Trudeau, Mulcair vow end to Harper Employment Insurance changes

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Both Trudeau and Mulcair have promised Employment Insurance changes to make it easier for jobless to qualify for unemployment insurance.

Just 36.6% of unemployed workers are receiving Employment Insurance benefits – an all-time low in Canada, according to recent government numbers.

In 1990, 83% of the unemployed received benefits, but coverage declined to 42% in 1998 — when the former Liberal government redesigned the program to make it far less generous. After further changes by the Conservative government in recent years, the beneficiaries-to-unemployed ratio fell below 40% in 2012 for the first time in almost 40 years.

In 2013, the ratio of beneficiaries-to-unemployed dropped to 37% after the government implemented further restrictions, requiring Canadians to accept any job deemed “suitable” — even if it’s unrelated to a worker’s career and comes with a 30% pay cut. In Toronto, the ratio is closer to 20% meaning 80% of Toronto’s unemployed are ineligible for Employment Insurance. Continue reading

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau clash in debate over taxes and family policy

Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair all have very different family policies.

In last night’s debate, Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair put forward  very different tax and family policies.

In this post, Canada Fact Check examines the different proposals put forward by the three major parties regarding personal taxes and family policy.

The NDP has proposed a $15-a-day national child-care strategy, the Conservatives’ family tax package features income splitting, and the Liberals have released a proposal that creates a new Canada Child Benefit. Continue reading