Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2016 and ending March 31, 2017
Transmittal letter

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

March 2018

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

Dear Minister,

In accordance with the provisions of section 3 of the Employment Insurance Act, we are pleased to present the 2016/2017 Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report, to be laid by you before Parliament. This report is the twenty-first in a series of annual reports submitted by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.

This report, which covers the period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, analyzes the overall effectiveness of Employment Insurance (EI) income benefits, active measures and service delivery. In particular, the report focuses on the responsiveness of the EI program in a period marked by improving economic and labour market conditions at the national level but characterized by regional disparities as the downturn in global commodity prices continued to weigh on commodity-based regions.

As in previous years, we relied on key studies and evaluations to complement EI administrative data and to provide a deeper analysis. Information on each of the studies referenced in the report is included in an annex.

In closing, we would like to express our appreciation to Employment and Social Development Canada and Service Canada employees for their support in preparing this report.

We trust you will find the report informative.

The original version was signed by:

Louise Levonian

Judith Andrew
Commissioner for Employers

Pierre Laliberté
Commissioner for Workers

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