Federal Budget 2009

Some Budget Highlights:

  • Increasing for two years all regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefit entitlements by five extra weeks and increasing the maximum benefit duration to 50 weeks from 45 weeks.
  • Consulting with Canadians and developing options to provide self-employed Canadians with access to EI maternity and parental benefits.
  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Committing $305 million over the next two years to improve health outcomes for First Nations and Inuit individuals.
  • Providing $20 million over the next two years to extend partnerships with provinces to further improve child and family services on reserves.
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