Shea to announce EI administrative change

Eric McCarthy
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MILL RIVER -- Change is in the works on how the Employment Insurance system is administered on P.E.I.

Egmont MP Gail Shea in her Charlottetown office

Egmont MP and Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea will be announcing the administrative change this afternoon at the Rodd Mill River Resort. Her announcement is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The change, a source close to the Minister explained Wednesday, is exclusive to P.E.I.

“There is an administrative way that EI is rolled out in P.E.I. that is actually different than the other Atlantic Provinces,” the spokesman said. He would not go into specifics, leaving that for Shea’s official announcement.

He indicated Shea has been working on trying to fix the discrepancy for close to a year and said the change will bring P.E.I. in line with how the system is administered in other provinces.

“There has been some unfairness on how the system’s been rolled out on P.E.I. up until this point in time, and this will correct that, and the net result will be rural communities, and people living in rural communities, will see the potential increase in benefits. It is fair to say that rural P.E.I. will definitely benefit from what’s happening (Thursday),” said the source.

“The end result is going to be Islanders and rural communities who are most dependent on seasonal employment will have greater access to EI benefits.”

Stakeholders, including EI claimants, municipalities and industry groups are expected to be in attendance for Shea’s 1 p.m. announcement.

Organizations: Rodd Mill River Resort

Geographic location: P.E.I., Atlantic Provinces

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  • Paul
    February 20, 2014 - 12:37

    I see you got laid off today too eh ironic how we pay immigrants taxes to get in this country but they repay us but cutting our throats guess its the irving way PBA will be gone soon

  • David
    February 20, 2014 - 11:26

    Hurray now that cavendish farms is laying more people of today ill get quicker access to benefits that's awesome hopefully the rest that get laid off today will too