New Pilot Project in Ottawa for Seasonal Workers

The issue of seasonal workers has plagued the government of Justin Trudeau for a long period. It was a prominent campaign promise that he has so far failed to deliver on but it seems it is set to coincide with his announcement to run again for office.

Under the announced new project, seasonal workers will have the chance to have nearly 5 more weeks of employment insurance after being given the chance to work during the seasons in which they operate.

The new venture was announced by the minister of families, children and social development, Jean-Yves Duclos. The new project was launched at the fisheries plant in Escuminac, NB. Though the project has a number of benefits for the seasonal workers, many are calling it a publicity maneuver by Trudeau’s government in order to stabilize his public image that has been left tattered after a disastrous few days.

More than 50,000 workers will benefit from this new scheme which aims to provide protection to these workers. Previously, there was concept of protection for these workers who were subjected to work but had no additional coverage in case of any work related injury or other situation.

It was announced that the scheme will be implemented in nearly 13 regions from August 2018 that will last till May 2020.

The purpose of the scheme has since been declared to see if this could work on a more national scale. However critics have already labeled it as a pacifying technique. This isn’t as groundbreaking or as magnanimous a reform that Trudeau had promised and it comes nearly 3 years into his election.

Families will receive more help but they were promised this help a lot sooner and in a lot more extensive manner. For all its benefits, it could all be too little, too late.

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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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