Jean-Yves Duclos

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Québec

Jean-Yves Duclos

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Speaking notes – Launch of EI Consultations on Flexible and Inclusive Support for Parents and Family Caregivers (October 6, 2016)

Good morning. Merci d’être ici ce matin.

 

Aujourd’hui, j’ai le plaisir d’annoncer de bonnes nouvelles concernant le programme d’assurance-emploi.

 

EI is a pillar of our social safety net. It is there to support people when they need it most.

 

Over the past year, our government has made real improvements to EI:

 

  • We’ve temporarily extended the maximum duration of EI Work-Sharing Agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks.
  • We’ve extended and expanded the Working While on Claim pilot project.
  • We’ve also eliminated the EI eligibility requirements for new entrants and re‑entrants.
  • Instead of having to accumulate 910 hours of insurable employment, claimants newly entering the workforce or returning after an absence of two or more years must now meet the same eligibility requirements as other claimants in the economic region where they live. 

 

Throughout the summer, federal, provincial and territorial governments conducted consultations to strengthen training under Labour Market Transfer Agreements to help unemployed and underemployed Canadians.

 

  • Our government has announced a number of other measures to improve EI, including making service delivery for EI more responsive, improving access to EI call centres, and reducing the waiting period from two weeks to one, starting in 2017.

 

Bien que nous ayons fait de grands progrès, il nous reste encore beaucoup de travail à accomplir.

 

Comme vous l’avez remarqué, mon collègue Mark Gerretsen, député de Kingston et des Îles, est avec moi aujourd’hui pour cette annonce importante.

 

Mark est un ardent défenseur de l’assurance-emploi et c’est vraiment un plaisir de l’avoir ici.

 

So today, it’s my pleasure to announce the launch of EI consultations on maternity, parental and caregiver benefits as well as unpaid leaves under the Canada Labour Code.

 

Our government wants to provide more flexible maternity and parental benefits and leave, and more inclusive caregiving benefits and leave that are fair and effective.

 

Nous reconnaissons que les familles canadiennes sont confrontées à des pressions grandissantes et changeantes. Certains travailleurs peinent à concilier le travail et la vie familiale.

 

Qu’il s’agisse de s’occuper d’un nouveau-né ou d’un parent ayant des ennuis de santé, ces responsabilités peuvent devenir une source de préoccupation importante pour les Canadiens.

 

Nous voulons améliorer le programme d’assurance-emploi pour nous assurer que les Canadiens reçoivent l’aide dont ils ont besoin, et quand ils en ont besoin.
So, starting today and until November 4th, Canadians can share their views online through our consultations portal, or through social media using the hashtag “#ConsultingCanadians.”
Nous invitons tous les Canadiens, particulièrement les parents et les proches aidants, à prendre part à cette conversation et à nous faire part de leur point de vue et de leurs expériences.

 

Nous tenons également à savoir ce que les employeurs, les groupes, les syndicats, les universitaires, le milieu médical et les provinces et territoires ont à dire sur le sujet.
We want to hear from as many people and groups as possible, because the changes to these benefits will affect all Canadian families. 

 

These changes to the EI program are helping middle class Canadians and those working hard to join them.

 

We hope that by providing fair, flexible and effective benefits, parents and caregivers will have better options and the kind of support they need to take care of their families.
We will report back to Canadians on what was said ‎during these consultations. Your feedback will inform implementation of our mandate commitments.

 

We will post a summary report on feedback gathered through the online consultations as well as other input received.

 

Je sais qu’en unissant nos efforts nous pourrons renforcer notre filet de sécurité sociale, et créer des prestations d’assurance-emploi qui répondent mieux aux besoins des familles canadiennes d’aujourd’hui.

 

Merci. Thank you. My colleague Mark will now have a few words for you.