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During periods of slow economic growth, employment insurance has played a critical part in supporting Canadians. But the Calgary Chamber believes it can be strengthened to encourage job growth and labour mobility. This can be achieved by establishing a way of determining employment insurance payments using provincial unemployment rates – similar to the way it provides benefits. Currently, all Canadian businesses and employees pay the same premium, but depending on the region receive different benefits. Altering the employment insurance rate setting process to change premium costs to foster job growth and help solve Alberta’s labour shortage