www.ctvvancouverisland.ca http NANAIMO – Unemployment insurance will soon be harder to collect than ever before. Today the federal government proposed new rules that will require the jobless to look farther afield for work, and accept lower paying jobs. “What we want to do is make sure the McDonalds of the world don’t have to bring in temporary foreign workers,”said Canada’s public affairs minister Diane Finley,”to do jobs Canadians who are on EI could be doing .” The changes are taking aim at the hordes of seasonal workers in Canada who lean on EI checks during the off season. The new rules will work on a sliding scale, that will put the most pressure on chronic users of unemployment insurance. Infrequence claimants will have 18 weeks to search for work in their field before they are forced to broaden their search. Chronic users will only have six weeks before they must find a job with 70 per cent of the pay they had in their past job. Canada’s official opposition is not pleased with the announcement. Ontario NDP MP Peggy Nash saying, “the implication is that people are lazy, and don’t want to work. I don’t think that is a good message” Regardless of what the message is the rule changes to Canada’s EI program are expected to take effect in early 2013. Follow Scott Cunningham on Twitter: www.twitter.com

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