Editor: I feel it necessary to correct a statement made by a UPEI economics professor in his recent commentary on EI in The Guardian.
Professor Sentance stated that when our current EI regions were constructed, only what is called Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) were singled out as stand-alone urban areas.
However, a review of the current regulations defining EI regions in Canada shows two stand-alone Census Agglomeration EI regions presently exist:
1) The region of Kingston, consisting of the Census Agglomeration of Kingston, in Ontario.
2) The region of Abbotsford, consisting of the Census Agglomeration of Abbotsford, in British Columbia.
I invite Professor Sentance and others to review the 58 current regions in Canada at http://srv129.services.gc.ca/rbin/eng/canada.aspx
The regulations defining the regions are at http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-96-332/page-61.html#h-142
Professor Sentance’s claim that P.E.I. is being singled out for unusual EI treatment is completely inaccurate.
In fact the current situation where P.E.I. is the only province in Canada where the capital region is included in calculating the unemployment rate for the whole province is far more irregular.