Help us build a better EI program: Consultation closed

Current status: Closed

Phase 2 of this consultation ran from April 29, 2022 to July 29, 2022.

We are continuing our work to modernize the Employment Insurance (EI) program. We are doing this because work for Canadians has changed and we want the program to meet the current and future needs of workers and employers.

Phase 2 looked into the issues of the adequacy of EI benefits and EI financing to complement Phase 1 consultations on the broad theme of EI access.

Phase 2 also took a deeper dive into some areas discussed in Phase 1 that required further focused examination, such as supports for the self-employed, workers in seasonal industries, and the Premium Reduction Program. See background information for Phase 1 consultations.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada engaged with:

  • worker and employer groups
  • other EI experts
  • all Canadians

Key questions for discussion

Your ideas and input were sought around 2 themes:

  • ensuring the adequacy of benefits (Does the amount and duration of EI benefits meet the objectives of the program and the needs of workers and employers contributing to EI?)
  • ensuring the financial sustainability of the EI program (How can we build a better EI program while balancing costs and benefits and limiting the need for premium increases?)

The input gathered through this process was used to help modernize the EI program.

What we are hearing

From August 2021 until February 2022, we held Phase 1 of the consultations. This included broad public and stakeholder engagement.

Backgrounder and interim report

Related information

Joint statement by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and Canada Employment Insurance Commission Commissioners

Contact us

Employment Insurance Policy
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

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