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Slaw: Quebec Calls for corrections to the 2012 federal Employment Insurance reforms

On November 27, 2013, Quebec’s National Employment Insurance Review Commission released its report regarding the impact of the federal government’s 2012 changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program. The report makes 30 recommendations, with three key recommendations calling for the provincial and federal governments to negotiate an agreement giving Quebec the power to manage its own EI system to meet the needs of the province’s labour market.


In 2012, the federal government made significant changes to the employment insurance system to ensure its efficiency in connecting unemployed Canadians with work. These new rules require unemployed EI recipients to undertake a wider and more aggressive job search, among other things. The changes came into force in 2013 and only apply to Canadians receiving regular and fishing EI benefits. They do not apply to the special EI benefits of maternity, parental, compassionate and sick leave.

The main areas where the program changed are:

  • Measures to better connect the EI program and the Temporary Foreign Workers program so that unemployed Canadians are informed of and can apply for vacant jobs before employers are approved to hire temporary foreign workers
  • Ensuring that EI recipients receive comprehensive job postings on a daily basis from multiple sources
  • Clarifying what are considered a “reasonable job search” and “suitable employment” for EI claimants

Several provinces criticized the federal government for the changes and their impact on workers. The Quebec government established the National Employment Insurance Review Commission in March 2013, with the mandate to:

For more, read my latest post on Slaw here.

Yosie Saint-Cyr
First Reference Human Resources and Employment/labour law Compliance Managing Editor

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 18 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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