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CRFA supports EI changes that promote employment


May 18, 2012
By Canadian Pizza

May 18, 2012, Toronto – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) says it is pleased with the government’s efforts to
address two pressing concerns for the restaurant industry.

May 18, 2012, Toronto – The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) says it is pleased with the government’s efforts to address two pressing concerns for the restaurant industry – the shortage of skilled and unskilled workers in many parts of the country, and employment insurance (EI) premium increases that act as a tax on hiring.
 
“A nearly $9-billion deficit in the EI fund is a concern for the employers and employees who fund the program,” says Garth Whyte, CRFA’s president and CEO. “Too many businesses are forced to turn to temporary foreign workers when there are qualified, unemployed Canadians receiving EI in their very neighbourhoods.”
 
The CRFA notes that it is important that EI program objectives align with a strategy to address current and impending labour shortages. Some businesses have been criticized for bringing in temporary foreign workers when unemployed Canadians could effectively fill these roles. The CRFA says changes to better connect these unemployed Canadians with employers needing workers are reasonable and would be welcomed by the restaurant industry.