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EI recipients asked about moving to areas with more jobs

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OTTAWA -- A new study from the Human Resources Department suggests Ottawa is looking at ways to get people receiving employment insurance to move to other regions with more jobs.

Such measures would go beyond the Harper government's new policy that appears to require that some EI recipients take unfilled jobs but only in their own region.

A focus group study, completed in January, asked 75 people on EI in Quebec and Atlantic Canada what would it take to get them to move to regions with more jobs. The research, ordered after the Tories were elected with a majority, required the survey company to determine "what type of migration incentives could encourage EI clients to accept a job that requires a residential move?"

Sage Research Corp. reported the EI clients in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., Corner Brook, N.L., Miramichi, N.B., and Yarmouth, N.S., reacted positively to proposed financial incentives.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2012 A19

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