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Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, May 25, 2018. Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance pilot project that provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement today at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, May 25, 2018. Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance pilot project that provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits. Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement today at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle - The Canadian Press

ESCUMINAC, N.B. - Ottawa has announced $189 million for an employment insurance pilot project that provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits.

Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, made the announcement today at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B.

Duclos says up to five more weeks will be provided to eligible workers in seasonal industries in 13 regions throughout Canada.

Those economic regions include central Quebec, eastern and western Nova Scotia, Madawaska-Charlotte in New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, excluding St. John's, N.L.

An estimated 51,500 workers will benefit from the extra weeks of employment insurance.

The federal government says it will also provide up to $41 million over two years to all provinces and territories through labour market development agreements to provide skills training, wage subsidies and employment supports for workers in seasonal industries.

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