Join us in a community action discussion on women, work, and how good jobs can create prosperity in our city. For more information contact Beverley at btrought@bigongreen.ca or 647.655.1729.

Wednesday October 7, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Rexdale Community Hub
21 Panorama Court
M9V 4E3
*Refreshments available
*Child minding & interpretation by request

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We invite you to a Community Forum

We invite you to a Community Forum to recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Poverty in Toronto: What are we doing about it?

A conversation with

Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell

Thursday March 19th, 2015
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
UARR Annual General Meeting – 5:30PM-6:30PM

Employment Insurance in Canada hits rock bottom

To mark the first contributions made to the unemployment insurance fund more than 73 years ago (July 1, 1941), the Public Service Alliance of Canada is launching “Employment Insurance in Canada: Hitting Rock Bottom”, a short animated video on the decline of the EI program over the last 25 years.

“Since the 1990’s, the Employment Insurance Program has been decimated by successive Liberal and Conservative governments to the point where it no longer fulfills its mission to protect Canadian workers from the hardship of unemployment,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC national president.

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People’s Social Forum

At the People’s Social Forum in Ottawa, being held from August 21 – 24,  Winnie Ng and John Humphrey from Good Jobs for All EI Working Group will be making presentations on the Toronto impacts of the Harper Conservatives EI cuts on August 22. If you are going, please join in. 



Join us for E.I. in formation Leafleting:   2 dates

Action 1:   Saturday, June 21 @10:00 a.m., at Scarborough Town Centre.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Service Canada Offices near the Town Centre.  Park by Cineplex Cinema, though food court to subway exit and Service Canada.

Action 2:  Wednesday, June 25 @ 3:30 p.m., at Kennedy Subway station.  We will meet at 3:30 at West Scarborough Community Legal Services in Suite 201 at 2425 Eglinton East, near Kennedy.  Parking – southeast corner lot at Kennedy and Eglinton.

For more info contact – Judy Persad at Good Jobs for All Coalition at 416.441.3663 ext 224 or jpersad@labourcouncil.ca

Joint Statement by Community and Labour Groups

Concerning Federal Changes to Employment Insurance


To the Prime Minister of Canada:

Our unemployment insurance program has served this country well since 1940. When the Great Depression gave rise to mass unemployment and large public demonstrations, workers demanded a program of unemployment insurance to address the obvious, painful need. They were supported by mayors, business leaders and others who understood how important an income replacement program was for families trying to weather bad times and for communities trying to maintain economic stability. The program has continued this vital role in the decades since and especially during periods of economic crisis.

It is deeply disturbing to watch your government now make such destructive, harmful changes to our EI program. There is no excuse for such unilateral action. The people directly concerned have not given their agreement or even been consulted. Since 1990 workers and employers have entirely funded the UI/EI program without any government contributions. What’s more, between 1994 and 2009, the funds of the EI program were used for other purposes than the protection of workers; those funds should be restored.

We are united in calling on your government to Scrap the EI Changes!

We believe that:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes our fundamental human right to economic supports in case of unemployment as well as the freedom to choose our own employment;
  • Unemployment is an economic and social phenomenon. It requires a collective response;
  • Unemployed workers have a right to a fair and worker-friendly appeal system when contesting EI Commission decisions;
  • EI requires improvements that improve access, duration and benefit levels. Less than 40% of unemployed people are now collecting EI benefits.

We say NO to:

  • the impoverishment of workers and degradation of working conditions;
  • changes which are not necessary or desirable, and for which no impact studies have been provided;
  • new rules that reinforce the myth that Canadians do not wish to work and abuse the system when they are unemployed. In fact, fewer than a third collect the total benefits to which they are entitled;
  • the attack on communities throughout Canada especially rural communities and those which rely on seasonal industries;
  • the erosion of coverage for people without full-time, full-year employment. Temporary, part-time and migrant jobs mean insecure, erratic employment, especially for aboriginal workers and workers of colour, women and youth.
  • an obligation to accept work regardless of training, experience or willingness;
  • the focus on individual rather than collective responses to unemployment;
  • intimidation, surveillance and intrusion into our private lives;
  • a new Social Security Tribunal which will gravely restrain access to justice;
  • the attempt to dismantle our EI social insurance program by stealth.

We seek Employment Insurance reforms that benefit workers and their
communities. We therefore urge the PARLIAMENT of Canada to:

  1. Rescind all 2012 and 2013 Budget measures related to EI.
  2. Improve EI benefits:
    • Improve access by reducing qualifying hours in all regions to the lesser of 360 hours or 13 weeks.
    • Increase duration to at least 50 weeks in all regions. Provide a Special Extension when unemployment exceeds 6.5%, paid from federal general revenues.
    • Increase benefits to at least 60% of earnings using workers’ 12 best weeks. Raise the maximum benefit. And eliminate severance pay allocations and the 2 week waiting period.
    • Provide EI income benefits so long as workers are in approved training.
    • Expand supports for work-sharing arrangements under EI to reduce layoffs, and build links between work-sharing and training.
  3. Provide Temporary Foreign Workers with meaningful EI entitlements.

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