June 1, 2012
On May 24, 2012 Minister of Human Resources, Diane Finley announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program. These changes are intended to connect Canadians with existing jobs to reduce unemployment and to advance the Canadians First policy initiative.
At the time of this release, the exact impact and implementation of these changes are unknown. CNLA will continue to work with the provincial associations to gather information and establish an advocacy strategy to help our members with the new policies. These policy changes are scheduled for implementation in early 2013.
The consensus amongst stakeholders is the proposed EI changes do not accurately address the seasonal nature of our industry. As Michelle Gillespie of Sun Nurseries in Sussex, NB puts it, “our seasonal business will suffer as we lose good employees. Constantly retraining new employees will take a heavy toll on finances and lost business opportunities. Our climate dictates the seasonality of our industry not our lack of willingness to work in our chosen careers”.
The following items have been identified as areas of potential interest for our industry:
Previous changes to note:
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HRSDC has clarified the definition of suitable employment and what constitutes a reasonable job search.
Suitable employment depends on a number of issues:
Turning down a job that is considered suitable could result in EI benefits being discontinued.
Below is a breakdown of what will happen when someone applies for employment insurance. The applicant will be filed into one of three categories:
Frequent Claimants (17% of all claims): Seasonal workers would fall into this category
Occasional Claimants (58% of all claims): Seasonal workers averaging 7 weeks a year on EI would fall into this category.
Long tenured workers (25% of all claims):
The Government is providing clarity on what constitutes a reasonable job search. EI claimants’ job search efforts would be assessed based on the following criteria:
Job search and employability activities – Canadians receiving EI benefits will be required to complete the following job search activities while collecting benefits:
This will be measured by the intensity of the search, the type of work being sought and evidence of job search efforts.
A more complete description of the changes can be found here
Recognizing Canadian companies that raise the level of professionalism in the landscape industry.
Minimum standards for the nursery industry, for use by students, educators and professionals.
An independent industry body with a mandate to administer nursery certification programs in Canada.
Provides the framework for basic training sessions to develop an informed well-rounded employee.