An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Jean-Claude D'Amours  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of May 8, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to eliminate the two-week waiting period that follows the termination of employment.

Elsewhere

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EMployment Insurance
Petitions
Routine Proceedings

June 4th, 2007 / 3:35 p.m.
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Liberal

Jean-Claude D'Amours Madawaska—Restigouche, NB

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of hundreds of citizens in Madawaska—Restigouche concerning the elimination of waiting periods. The petitioners are calling on the Conservative government to be more understanding of the situation facing workers, especially seasonal workers, and to finally eliminate the waiting period that people must deal with every year, depending the kind of work they do.

Their petition is identical to what is called for in my private member's bill, Bill C-263, which calls for the elimination of waiting periods. The reasoning behind it is very easy to understand. We are asking the minority Conservative government to understand that people have rent or a mortgage to pay, not to mention utility and grocery bills, in order to provide for their families. As we all know, when no money is coming in, it is very difficult to meet our family's needs.

Thus, the petitioners are calling on the minority Conservative government to eliminate waiting periods for employment insurance benefits, to allow Canadians across the country to live better.

Employment Insurance Act
Routine Proceedings

May 8th, 2006 / 3:05 p.m.
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Liberal

Jean-Claude D'Amours Madawaska—Restigouche, NB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-263, An act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period).

Mr. Speaker, first I wish to thank my colleague from Beauséjour for supporting this bill.

Today, I am proud and honoured to introduce this bill, which will help improve the lives of seasonal workers. The purpose of the bill is to eliminate the two-week waiting period that precedes payment of employment insurance benefits. After taking into account the best weeks in previous years, these changes to the Employment Insurance Act will enable seasonal workers to receive employment benefits more quickly.

For several months, I have been working hard in order to introduce this bill in the House of Commons so that the employment insurance system can best meet the needs of seasonal workers.

We are at the first reading stage and I hope that the government will support workers by passing this bill. This program is of vital importance in my riding.

I am therefore very proud of my efforts on behalf of the citizens of Madawaska—Restigouche.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)