Brewing EI Crisis | Dec 14, 2021


Mr. Speaker, I rise today on a matter of great concern involving workers in my region. 

 Thank you to the workers and UNIFOR reps for alerting me to a brewing EI crisis.

 This crisis has many faces.

 It impacts expectant moms who have had to use their regular EI at the expense of their maternity benefits. 

 One mom was eligible for only one week of maternity benefits –  one week of what should have been several months to bond with her baby. 

 I am thinking….

  •  of the 450 Assembly plant workers on extended lay-off due to a global chip shortage,
  •  the laid-off workers in the feeder plants – 7 for each one in the Assembly plant.
  •  And, the 854 “active on lay-off” Local 444 casino workers who have exhausted their EI benefits.

 Mr. Speaker, some workers in our region have only worked 9 weeks this year.

Chris Lewis MP - Essex

Constituency Office

Ottawa Office