WHEREAS Canada is comprised of rural and urban communities all of which require a healthy job market to provide adequate and expanding, full-time employment opportunities to remain viable; and
WHEREAS a high percentage of rural and smaller urban communities are currently dependent upon a combination of seasonal employment and Employment Insurance (EI) for their continued existence (1*); and
WHEREAS the lack of full-time employment opportunities in concert with the currently restrictive EI Act and Regulations are forcing out-migration of large numbers of workers, particularly young Canadians, from such communities thereby stripping these communities of their life-blood and their ability to survive, leaving seasonal industries without an adequate work force, and turning the communities into ghost towns (2*,3*,4*); and
WHEREAS more focussed and aggressive federal government investment is required in job creation and skills training to strengthen the viability of communities currently dependent on seasonal work; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal government will establish an Employment Development Strategy with related Programs focused on developing full-time employment opportunities in communities throughout Canada which currently depend upon seasonal employment; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal government will financially participate with provincial and territorial governments to establish skills training in support of such opportunities; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a Liberal government will overhaul EI to provide reasonable support for seasonal workers so as to sustain the livelihood and viability of their communities until the benefits of the proposed Employment Development Strategy are realised.
Senior Liberals’ Commission