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The Conservatives say millions of Canadians don’t qualify for Employment Insurance due to being gig workers, independent contractors, on-call workers, online platform workers, temporary workers, etc., and claim they will provide more security to this group of Canadians.

“Roughly 1.7 million people are engaged in independent, temporary work,” says the Conservative platform.

“They don’t have the insurable hours and contributions of a typical employee. This means they have no safety net. We believe that it’s time to make gig economy companies pay their fair share to give workers the protection they need.”

Erin O’Toole and his party say they will require gig economy companies to make contributions equivalent to CPP and EI premiums into a new, portable “Employee Savings Account” each time they pay their workers.

“The money will grow tax-free and can be withdrawn by the worker when needed,” says the platform.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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Reid Small is a BC Reporter for the Western Standard and West Coast Standard based in the Vancouver Bureau. He has worked as a freelance photojournalist and in independent media.

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