Division of PEI into two zones for employment insurance called into question

Ottawa’s decision to divide P.E.I. into two zones for calculating employment insurance has been called into question.

Currently the entire Island is one region for EI purposes. In October, the province will be split in two regions.

Under the new rules, it is expected that rural residents will have to work fewer hours to qualify for EI and receive increased benefits, while the opposite will be true for residents in the Charlottetown area.