Saskatchewan's Unemployed Workers Need Support

Benson is calling on the federal government to extend expanded EI benefits to affected workers in Saskatchewan.

While the Liberals omit Saskatchewan from expanded Employment Insurance (EI) measures, Statistics Canada reports above-average unemployment in the province, second only to the Atlantic provinces.

Over the last twelve months, Saskatchewan’s ailing resource industry has led to thousands of layoffs, and more than 43 000 residents are now looking for work.

“What we’re feeling in Saskatchewan is abandonment. Liberals know full-well that our economy is hurting, that workers are facing hardship, and yet they have decided to leave Saskatchewan out of the EI enhancement being piloted in other provinces”, said Sheri Benson, MP for Saskatoon West.

All workers contribute to Canada’s EI system, and they should have equal access. An effective EI system should be responsive, and offer flexibility, particularly to sectors – like those in Saskatchewan – that are facing a downturn.

Benson is calling on the federal government to extend expanded EI benefits to affected workers in Saskatchewan. Employment Insurance should mean just that – support for workers and their families in all regions.