Employment insurance report sought by labour groups

Labour groups on P.E.I. are pressing the Atlantic premiers to release a long overdue report on the effects of employment-insurance reforms.

EI reforms report was due seven months ago

Labour groups on P.E.I. are pressing the Atlantic premiers to release a long overdue report on the effects of employment-insurance reforms.

The premiers do not need the final economic data to release the draft of the employment insurance reform report, says Craig Walsh. (CBC)

The Atlantic premiers commissioned the report more than a year ago, shortly after reforms from the federal government came into effect in January 2013. The report was due seven months ago.

The P.E.I. Coalition for Fair EI is disappointed the report has not been made public. The premiers were briefed on a draft of the report last week, but they say it needs more economic data.

The coalition believes the premiers should release what they have.

"The numbers are going to show there's a massive reduction in the amount of money coming to P.E.I. through EI.  There doesn't seem to be any debate about that," said Craig Walsh, vice president of the P.E.I. Federation of Labour.

"We know that the opinions and the actual facts of how this is affecting people on the ground would be in that report, and we think that information is as valid as anything else."

Walsh said the report can released while recognizing the precise economic impact may not yet be available, but still providing a general idea.

The federal government says its changes are helping more people find work.

Statistics Canada figures show significantly fewer people are collecting employment insurance benefits on P.E.I. in the wake of the reforms, while the number of people unemployed has gone up.

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