Sponsors: City of Prince Rupert
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS the Federal government has imposed Employment Insurance Boundaries in British Columbia and these boundaries make no distinction between regions that have enjoyed economic prosperity and other regions which have been decimated by widespread economic decline;
AND WHEREAS the NCLGA believes that the criteria required to receive unemployment insurance benefits should reflect the actual state of the regional economy where people live:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Federal Minister of Human Resources and Social Development to reconfigure the current Employment Insurance regional boundaries to reflect the geographic and economic realities in British Columbia.
A similar resolution, B176, was submitted to UBCM in 2009, but due to time constraints was not considered at Convention and was referred automatically to the UBCM Executive. Upon consideration of the resolution, the Executive referred it back to the Area Association due to the fact that the regional boundary referenced in the resolution - the region “south of Williams Lake north to the Alaska border and east to the Alberta border and west to the Pacific Ocean” – falls within the NCLGA area.
The 2010 resolution also focuses on the north, and because of this focus, the UBCM would suggest that the NCLGA would be the appropriate organization to undertake advocacy efforts around this issue.