18 Jun 2013

Atlantic Canadians Resistant to Basic EI Changes

HALIFAX:  Atlantic Canadians oppose many recent Employment Insurance policy changes, according to the latest survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  When Atlantic Canadian residents were asked about a number of different changes to the EI policy, the majority of residents oppose these changes. Results this quarter are consistent with overall opinion results from last quarter that indicated four in ten (40%) Atlantic Canadians completely or mostly support the new EI policy changes.

More specifically, over one-half (56%) of Atlantic Canadians mostly or completely oppose requiring claimants to accept jobs that are within a one hour commute of their home. Similarly, over one-half (54%) of residents are mostly or completely opposed to claimants being required to accept jobs in different fields than their previous job. Two-thirds (67%) of residents mostly or completely oppose requiring claimants to accept jobs at a lower salaried rate than a previous job, while fewer (21%) oppose requiring claimants to prove they are looking for work.

“The level of opposition to some of the specific EI changes reflects the challenges faced by the region to modernize our economy.” according to Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates, “It also reflects the engrained dependence on EI in this region.”

Opposition for requiring claimants to accept jobs in another field and at lower salaries is similar across the region, whereas more residents in New Brunswick (29%) compared to other Atlantic Canadians oppose claimants having to prove they are looking for work while unemployed. New Brunswick residents are also more likely to oppose requiring claimants to accept jobs within a one hour commute of their home (62%).

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 1500 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from May 8 to May 30, 2013, with overall results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

View full media release here.


CRA Corporate Research Associates