Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon, Ms. Douglas and Mr. Thibodeau.
My questions are for you, Mr. Thibodeau. Thank you for your presentation. As you said at the outset, seasonal workers are an important part of Canada's economy. Before we talk about pilot projects and ways to make things better, I have a question for you.
Clearly, COVID-19 gave rise to uncertainty. Seasonal workers, who were in the spring gap, had no hope of earning enough income to qualify for another benefit period. Consequently, they were given access to the Canada emergency response benefit, or CERB. It took a lot of work to make that happen, but in the end, they were allowed to apply.
What do you think the solution is? Normally, at this time of the year, workers are filling up on hours, so to speak, leading up to next year. We think the time during which workers didn't go back to work and were receiving the CERB should count towards their EI eligibility. After all, they weren't able to return to their jobs.
Do you think that's a good idea? Are there other things you would recommend?