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Statistics Canada rejigs low-income stats, showing growing poverty gap

OTTAWA — An updated picture of poverty across the country prior to the COVID-19 pandemic is showing that those living well below the low-income threshold had fallen further behind. The figures from Statistics Canada show the average “poverty gap,” which measures how far people on average fall below the official poverty line, grew from 31.8 per...

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Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1 per cent for EI calculation

OTTAWA — The federal government has temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent to calculate employment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those people living in regions with an unemployment rate lower than that threshold will have their EI benefits calculated at that rate. In regions with a higher unemployment rate, benefits will...