Share your thoughts: Help us build a better EI program

Current status: Open

Phase 2 of the consultations opened on April 29, 2022 and will close to new input on 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 will look 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 will also take a deeper dive into some areas discussed in Phase 1 that require 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.

Join in: how to participate

You can find how to submit your feedback through our submission guide.

Please submit your feedback by July 29, 2022.

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Who is the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada will engage with:

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

Key questions for discussion

Your ideas and input are 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 will be 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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