OTTAWA ― The employment insurance system absorbed almost 1.3 million people in the last three weeks, new figures show, as a key COVID-19 benefit wound down.
A breakdown of applications for the simplified EI program shows that overall there had been more than 1.5 million claims as of late this past week, among them 1.15 million people who were automatically transferred when their emergency benefit ran out.
The figures are enormous for a system that in one day this month handled 246,000-plus claims. In the spring, officials worried the 87,000 applications on one March day would make the decades-old system burst its seams.
Figures obtained by The Canadian Press also show that more than 84 per cent of applications had been processed, which experts who reviewed the numbers noted was a positive sign for the transition off the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, better known as the CERB.
Couple that with the more than 300,000 people who turned to a suite of new benefits on the first day they were available, and the figures provide a hint at the ongoing need for income support even as employment has picked up.
Figures on claims can be “valuable in providing a partial, real-time assessment″ of the impact COVID-19 has on the labour force, officials wrote to Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough in April.
At the time, they were writing in a briefing note about providing regular updates on CERB recipients and payments as “the labour market landscape continues to evolve across the country.”
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Samfiru Tumarkin LLP
Oct 15, 2020, 06:55 ET
TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2020 /CNW/ – A national class action lawsuit has been launched by Samfiru Tumarkin LLP against Arch Insurance Canada Ltd. on behalf of families across Canada over its refusal to provide refunds following school trip cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schools and school boards across the country have been forced to cancel their planned trips for students, booked through tour company Explorica Canada, due to the pandemic and related government travel advisories. The lawsuit alleges that families’ trip cancellation claims for reimbursement of expenses have been neglected by Arch and Explorica.
Guelph student Carter Adnams’ school trip to Costa Rica, originally scheduled for March of 2020, was cancelled because of the risk posed by the spread of COVID-19. A trip cancellation claim was submitted by Explorica to Adnams’ insurer, Arch, in April. Arch provided no offer of reimbursement, alleging that Explorica, the trip provider, failed to provide appropriate documentation. Explorica, in turn, alleged that all requisite information had been provided to Arch.
“Arch and Explorica are pointing the finger of blame at each other, leaving countless families in financial limbo,” says Sivan Tumarkin, insurance lawyer and co-founding partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP. “The fact is that Arch and other travel insurance providers must honour their contractual obligations under the travel policies they issued, and pay these legitimate travel insurance claims immediately.”
“By continuing to withhold payment owed to the Adnams family and others impacted by the cancellation of school trips, Arch has failed to deliver the peace of mind that their customers rely on when paying for travel insurance,” says Tumarkin.
Many Canadians have experienced similar issues with travel insurers who have misinterpreted and misapplied travel insurance policies during the pandemic.
In September, Samfiru Tumarkin LLP filed a class action lawsuit against TD (TD Bank and TD Home and Auto Insurance Company), alleging that the company incorrectly denied thousands of claims for reimbursement due to the existence of credits or vouchers.
Canadians who have been denied their travel insurance claims by their insurance policy provider should contact Samfiru Tumarkin LLP to find out what their rights are.
Families who booked a school trip through Explorica that was cancelled due to COVID-19, and have been refused a refund by their insurance provider, can contact Samfiru Tumarkin LLP to find out how to pursue reimbursement.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP’s website contains more information about the class action lawsuit against Arch Insurance.
Samfiru Tumarkin LLP is one of Canada’s leading law firms specializing in insurance, employment and disability law in Ontario and British Columbia. The firm has been involved in numerous prominent cases in recent years, including the “Million Dollar Baby” case, the class action lawsuit against Uber, Future Shop layoffs, Mitch Murphy, Julie Austin, and Sandra Bullock.
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