More than 267,000 Atlantic Canadians currently receive some form of EI benefit.
Contributions to unemployment insurance savings accounts would remain the personal property of the account holder.
Employees will bear a large portion of the cost of higher EI premium rates in the form of lower wages.
Some workers remain unemployed because the benefits are generous.
The rest of the country may not be willing to subsidize Atlantic Canadian seasonal workers like in the past.
EI benefits are based on unemployment in each of Canada’s 62 EI regions.