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Minister Tassi meets with seniors, Indigenous leaders in Northern communities

| Employment and Social Development Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors met with seniors in North Bay and Sudbury to highlight the importance of healthy aging and wellness. Minister Tassi had discussions with Indigenous seniors and organizations representing diverse communities on the topic of active living and emphasized the importance of healthy aging and working together to address challenges older Canadians face in Northern communities.

Government funds library network service expansion to make more published works available in formats accessible for Canadians with print disabilities

| Employment and Social Development Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility announced the expansion of the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) through funding from the Government of Canada’s Disability component of the Social Development Partnership Program. The project will make more published works accessible to people who read using alternative formats, such as braille, e-books, or audiobooks.

Backgrounder: Foreign Credential Recognition Program

| Employment and Social Development Canada | backgrounders

Through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP), the Government of Canada supports the workplace integration of skilled newcomers by reducing barriers to foreign credential recognition; providing Canadian work experience; as well as loans to support the costs to having their credentials recognized.

Government of Canada welcomes the introduction of legislation to support good quality jobs

| Employment and Social Development Canada | media advisories

On Thursday, November 15, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, will highlight recently tabled legislation that would modernize federal labour standards to better protect Canadian workers and help set the stage for good quality jobs. While in Vancouver, she will meet workers from GCT Vanterm, Via Rail, and the Shaw Centre.

Five million claimants expected benefit from reduction of Employment Insurance waiting period

| Employment and Social Development Canada | news releases

The Government of Canada is commited to help the middle class and those working hard to join it. As a result of changes made on January 1, 2017, the waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits has been cut to one week. Reducing the waiting period provides more money for EI-eligible individuals when they become unemployed or leave work temporarily due to health or family pressures. By October 1, 2019, about five million cumulative claimants will have benefitted from this change.

Backgrounder: Employment Insurance waiting period

| Employment and Social Development Canada | backgrounders

The Government of Canada has introduced comprehensive changes to the Employment Insurance program that benefits: 1. Workers The new measures include eliminating new entrant and re-entrant rules, reducing the two-week waiting period, working while on claim and simplifying job search responsibilities for EI claimants. 2. Caregivers For example, Canadians can now count of the following: family caregivers for adults, and children, and compasion care. 3. Parents This includes maternity, and parental benefits and leaves, in addition to parental sharing benefits.

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