NB terminates dedicated EI program for postsecondary students

The Government of New Brunswick has terminated EI Connect, an employment insurance program for postsecondary students. Several students expressed their disbelief to Global News and CBC after it was announced that the program would be halted immediately. The program allowed students who worked for a certain number of hours over the summer to collect EI benefits while completing their studies. CBC reports that there was no public announcement regarding the end of the program, but that students found out through email communications from their postsecondary institutions. Students who had planned to use the program are concerned about how they will pay for their living costs, and some say they will be forced to take out additional loans or rethink their educational pathways due to the change. Eve Chamberlain, a Université de Moncton student in mechanical engineering, has launched a petition against the change that has seen over 12,000 signatures. CBC| Global News Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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