Extended EI program balloons to almost 1.3 billion dollars
The federal government is trying to figure out how the budget for its extended employment insurance program ballooned from just over $827-million to nearly $1.3 billion..
The program unveiled last year was designed to help support workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates.
The Liberals had calculated that about 235 thousand people would use extra weeks of employment insurance benefits between April of 2016 and March of 2019.
But as of last week, Employment and Social Development Canada said it had more than 317-thousand claimants
Drew Hunter scored the game's first goal 9:31 into game one and the IceDogs never trailed, winning a hard fought 4-2 home ice win over Oshawa. With the victory, the 'Dogs hold a 1-0 series lead in the best of seven Eastern quarter-final with the Generals.
Friday night, the IceDogs open their best of seven quarter-final series on home ice versus the Generals, some tickets are still available. The 'Dogs have also announced a bus trip to Oshawa for game three and four.
A very successful 2017-2018 IceDogs regular season came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win over Mississauga. A sellout St Patty's Day Meridian Centre crowd watched Niagara record their 35th win of the season for a total of 80 points in the OHL's Eastern Conference as Johnny Corneil lead the way with a goal and two assists.