September 22, 2020
On March 18th, NLTA President Dean Ingram first wrote federal government officials to express concerns regarding our substitute teachers’ ability to access EI benefits. When in-school classes were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency, many substitutes had not accrued the required number of insurable hours for an EI claim and/or were worried about future entitlement to benefits due to uncertainty about access to future substitute or replacement contracts at that time. Over the past six months, the Association has been forcefully and consistently advocating for changes to EI regulations. This following update provides more information on some new changes to federal government supports.