Employment Insurance Working While on Claim Pilot Project Adjusted

October 9, 2012

For Immediate Release

October 9, 2012

Employment Insurance Working While on Claim Pilot Project Adjusted

Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, recently announced the Government’s intent to adjust the Employment Insurance (EI) Working While on Claim pilot project.

The current pilot project allows claimants to keep 50 cents for every dollar earned from working while on claim. This will remove the previous pilot project’s cap on earnings, which clawed back 100% of earnings over $75 or 40% which discouraged Canadians from accepting available work.

Under the recently announced adjustment, EI recipients who were working while on claim between August 7, 2011 – August 4, 2012 will be given the option of reverting to the rules that existed under the previous pilot program. This change will go into effect on January 6, 2013.

“Many people voiced their concerns over the new Working While on Claim pilot project and this change will respond to these concerns,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “There have been recipients in my riding who have had issues with the previous project and I am pleased that the Government has responded to their concerns.”

Beginning January 6, 2013, eligible claimants must make the request to revert to the old pilot parameters within 30 days of their last EI benefit payment. For more information on this change please visit; .

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