COMPAS Poll/Survey
November 13, 2008

Regional Unemployment and Employment Insurance Reform: Very Strong Support for C.D. Howe EI Proposals

  BDO Dunwoody Weekly CEO/Business Leader Poll By COMPAS in Canadian Business
Business and Finance

CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel embrace wholeheartedly recent C.D. Howe recommendations for reforming employment insurance (EI). The point of departure for the C.D. Howe researchers’ recommendations was concern about high regional unemployment rates and the inflexibility of EI rules.

Panelists embrace all the major recommendations in the following descending order of enthusiasm:

  • Inter-provincial portability to make it easier for job-seekers to move to where jobs are available;
  • Increased barriers for young repeat users;
  • moving bonuses for those relocating to places of job opportunity; and
  • pilot projects with looser criteria to measure more precisely EI’s actual impact on participation rates

Some panelists volunteered concern about EI abuse and called for tougher monitoring in that respect.

These are the key findings from this past week’s Internet survey of CEOs and business leaders on the COMPAS panel. The weekly business survey is undertaken for Canadian Business magazine under sponsorship of BDO Dunwoody LLP.

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