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BC unemployment rate at 6.2% in April, down from 7% in March

The Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey for April 2012 is out and contains the following statistics of interest:

British Columbia

  • The unemployment rate declined from 7% in March to 6.2% in April 2012. 
  • Continuing an upward trend that began in February 2011, employment in British Columbia increased by 20,000 in April.
  • Compared with 12 months earlier, employment growth was 2.1%, the third-highest of all provinces.
  • Since the unemployment rate peaked at 8.7% in February 2011, it has gradually declined to 6.2% in April.

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Federal government: parents who commit to adopt children in their care are eligible for EI parental benefits

The federal government announced yesterday that parents who commit to adopt children in their care will be able to get Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits.

The government's news release also stated:

  • In recognition that adoption programs vary by province and territory, the federal government will now allow parents to be eligible for EI parental benefits as soon as they have taken the necessary steps to adopt the child in their care. This change brings the EI program in line with current adoption procedures.
  • Parental benefits under the EI program are provided to parents who qualify to take time away from work to bond with their newborn or newly adopted child or children. A maximum of 35 weeks of parental benefits is available to biological or adoptive parents.

This is the text of the accompanying "Backgrounder":


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Harper commits Conservatives to tax break for EI premiums; Ignatieff promises CPP measures from Liberals

Work related issues have been front and centre of the federal election campaign the last two days. Yesterday, Stephen Harper committed the Conservatives to a tax break for Employment Insurance  premiums. Today, Michael Ignatieff promised three different measures by the Liberals to improve the Canada Pension Plan.

Specifically, the March 29, 2011 announcement ("Harper Announces Hiring Credit for Small Business") on the Conservatives' website stated that:  read more »