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Mowat Centre EI Task Force


The Mowat Centre EI Task Force proposed the creation of a redesigned federal support system for the unemployed. In a discussion moderated by Matthew Mendelsohn, panelists were asked to consider how the changes might impact workers and businesses in Ontario and across the country, if they addressed the program’s well-known shortcomings and what the next steps might be for EI reform. Panelists included Dr. Arthur Sweetman, Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources at McMaster University; Catherine Swift of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business; and Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


November 16, 2011

Making It Work

The Final Recommendations of the Mowat Centre EI Task Force
The paper proposes a blueprint for a strengthened national program to support the unemployed. Its recommendations focus on the architecture of support for the unemployed and the principles that should drive reform. More
November 11, 2011

Trading Places

Single Adults Replace Lone Parents as the New Face of Social Assistance in Canada
John Stapleton examines changes in social assistance caseloads coming out of the major economic recession that began in the fall of 2008. More
November 11, 2011

Fixing the Hole in EI

Temporary Income Assistance for the Unemployed
Michael Mendelson and Ken Battle investigate the gaps in Canada's system of support for the unemployed and propose to fill them with Temporary Unemployment Assistance, a new federal benefit. More
November 11, 2011

The Income Sources for Long-Term Workers Who Exhaust Employment Insurance Benefits

Ross Finnie, David Gray, Ian Irvine, and Yan Zhang chart the labour market outcomes and income sources of individuals who exhaust EI regular benefits. The focus is on individuals who worked for an extended period prior to receiving EI. More
November 11, 2011

Hidden Regional Differentiation

EI and Unequal Federal Support  for Low Income Workers
Jon Medow analyzes regional differentiation in EI weekly benefit calculation and the uneven federal approach to support of low income workers. More
September 29, 2011

Employment Insurance: A Macroeconomic Comparison with Other Income-Support Initiatives

William Scarth analyzes three broad approaches to the provision of income support from a macro-economic perspective. More
September 29, 2011

Unemployment Compensation and Adjustment Assistance for Displaced Workers

Policy Options for Canada
Craig Riddell examines the role of EI in providing support to “displaced workers,” those who permanently lose their jobs because of changing economic circumstances. More
September 29, 2011

The Impact of Regionally Differentiated Entitlement to EI on Charter-Protected Canadians

Michael Pal and Sujit Choudhry investigate the constitutionality of regional entrance requirements in Canada's EI system. More
September 29, 2011

What do we know about the relationship between regionalized aspects of the unemployment insurance system and internal migration in Canada?

Kathleen Day and Stanley Winer review the past four decades of empirical research on the relationship between internal migration and regional variation in the generosity of Canada’s unemployment insurance system. More
September 7, 2011

Training Policy for the 21st Century

Decentralization and Workforce Development Programs for Unemployed Working-Age Adults in Canada
Alison Bramwell examines the evolution of active labour market programs in Canada. More
September 7, 2011

Improving the Governance of Employment and Training Policy in Canada

Donna Wood and Thomas Klassen propose changes to the governance of EI and training. More
September 7, 2011

The Effectiveness of Training for Displaced Workers with Long Prior Job Tenure

Stephen Jones investigates the effectiveness of policies to help workers displaced from long-tenure jobs. More
September 7, 2011

Asymmetry at Work

Quebec’s Distinct Implementation of Programs for the Unemployed
Alain Noël examines four recent Quebec labour market and income support initiatives. More
August 24, 2011

Reforming EI Special Benefits

Exploring Alternative Financing and Delivery Options
Luc Turgeon analyzes the design of "special benefits" in EI, such as parental and maternity leave. More
August 24, 2011

The Design of Employment Insurance in a Federation

Robin Boadway and Jean-Denis Garon explore the challenges of designing EI systems in federal countries. More
August 24, 2011

Employment Insurance in the New World of Work

Morley Gunderson examines how Canada's EI system interacts with the changing world of work. More
August 24, 2011

The Challenge of Expanding EI Coverage

Charting Exclusions and Partial Exclusions on the Bases of Gender, Immigration Status, Age, and Place of Residence and Exploring Avenues for Inclusive Policy Redesign
Leah F. Vosko identifies the gaps in EI coverage in today's labour market. More
April 14, 2011

Postal Code Lottery

Canada's EI System Compared
Many aspects of the Employment Insurance system in Canada are controversial, but perhaps its most controversial element is the regional differentiation that characterizes access to, length of and size of benefits. This Mowat Note looks to 17 other OECD countries, including all eight OECD federations, to see how they address this thorny issue. More
February 1, 2011

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Consultation Report Back

This report outlines the central themes that emerged through the Task Force’s consultation process. The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance Task Force that is examining Canada’s support system for the unemployed. More
December 1, 2010

Mowat Centre EI Task Force Consultation Workbook

The Mowat Centre has convened a research-driven Employment Insurance (EI) Task Force that is examining Canada’s support system for the unemployed. More
November 24, 2010

Making EI Work

Discussion Paper
This discussion paper is intended as a general resource for framing the EI Task Force’s work. More

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