Help for Workers in Seasonal Industries

We will make permanent changes to Employment Insurance, to give workers in seasonal industries more reliable support between jobs.

Industries like tourism and fish processing are an important source of jobs in many communities, but their seasonal nature means that people are often without work for months at a time, through no fault of their own.

To give these workers more security and support, especially when Employment Insurance is disrupted because of changing labour market conditions outside of their control, we will move forward with improvements to a recent pilot project that has given extra help to tens of thousands of workers in seasonal industries.

Once this pilot concludes, we will introduce a permanent program to give these workers more consistent and reliable benefits – making it easier for them to support themselves and their families between work seasons.

We will also work with Statistics Canada to strengthen local labour market data, so that Employment Insurance can better reflect local labour market realities, especially in large and diverse regions.