Conservative statement on Canada’s job numbers May 8, 2020

May 08, 2020

OTTAWA, ON — Today, Dan Albas, Shadow Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, issued the following statement regarding the release of Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey data:

“This morning’s job report is deeply troubling – 5.5 million Canadians have lost their jobs or had their hours substantially reduced since February.
“Conservatives are focused on helping Canadians who have lost their jobs during this crisis through no fault of their own. We have put forward a number of constructive solutions to improve government programs and policies, including significantly increasing the wage subsidy, expanding the eligibility criteria for the $40,000 Canada Emergency Business Account loan, and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) so that more Canadians qualify. But we know there is still much more work to do.
“As provinces start to ease health restrictions and businesses re-open, we need to ensure that government programs are not penalizing Canadians for returning to work. That is why Conservatives are calling on the government to make the CERB more generous and more flexible so that no one is worse off picking up a shift. We’ve also proposed a new program to match students and youth employees with jobs in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industries, including fish and seafood.
“Liberal failures cannot be allowed to hold Canadians back. Canada’s economic recovery depends on small businesses and their employees getting ahead.”