- The Chamber of commerce asks for a review of the program.
- The Career Connect program is donating to a lack of part-time labor, says the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce should be looking elsewhere to crack any labor shortage issues rather than weakening the key to employment insurance, states the UPEI Student Union.
Last month chamber president Bill DeBlois, testifying before a Senate committee on job insurance, took the chance to discuss the Career Connect program, letting qualified students collect EI while attending classes.
“Because of this change, it’s more difficult to find students to fill part-time jobs,” said DeBlois.
“We’re facing a near-unprecedented workforce need. We were experiencing job vacancies and inquiries sourcing labor before the outbreak, and the issue has only grown.”
He said the Chamber likes to review EI to assure it stays a safety net.
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UPEI Student Union president Adam MacKenzie stated EI is an essential basis of cash for students.
He also stated that the private sector, with a more significant focus on student shift work, is a drawback as an employer.
Source – CBC News