Kent Hehr

Your member of parliament for


Calgary Centre

Kent Hehr

Your member of parliament for


Calgary Centre

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Changes to EI – September 2016 – Newsletter

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Employment Insurance provides economic security for Canadians when they need it most. For Canadians who have lost their jobs, or who must take time away from work to care for a new baby, an ill or injured loved one, assist aging parents, or get skills training – they should have the support they need and have earned – to make ends meet.

Our Government is committed to helping the middle class and those working hard to join it. During the 2015 election my colleagues and I committed to reforming Employment Insurance and to addressing gaps in the program that were leaving many Canadians without needed assistance during difficult times. The Government of Canada has kept its promise by improving the EI system across the country. Here’s how:

  • We have extended regular benefits in 15 priority regions that have experienced the sharpest and most severe increases in unemployment due to downturn in commodities.
  • We are repealing the unfair rules enacted in 2012 which forced unemployed workers to commute further and take lower-paying jobs.
  • We’re ending the 910-hour eligibility penalty for workers entering or re-entering the workforce, thereby stopping the discrimination that makes it harder for our most precarious workers – such as parents returning to the workforce, younger workers, people who have left the workforce due to illness, and new Canadians – from accessing the benefits that help them get back to work;

These changes were made so that the people of Calgary Centre, Alberta – and Canadians right across this country have access to help when they need it most. During challenging economic times, Employment Insurance must be available to help people in our communities get back on their feet. This program is an anchor of economic security for Canadian workers and we are working hard to ensure a system that is reliable, will help grow Canada’s economy, and makes a real difference in the lives of people in Calgary and across the country.

As always, you can contact my office by email at kent.hehr@parl.gc.ca or by phone at 403.244.1880. My office is located at 950 6 Ave SW and my door is always open to you. You can follow my work in Parliament online at www.KentHehrMP.ca where you can watch clips of yours truly in question period and sign up for my e-newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a restful and fun filled summer!

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