EI inspectors don't have fraud penalty quotas: Finley

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:43 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Human Resources Minister Diane Finley says employment insurance inspectors haven't been ordered to meet monthly quotas for fraud penalties, but the department has set regional pogey slashing targets.

"There are no individual quotas for employees of HRSD who are looking at EI," Finley said in the Commons Friday after she was questioned about moves outlined in a Le Devoir report, which suggested Service Canada employees face strict EI targets.

Finley later confirmed to reporters there are "objectives" set by the department that "varies according to the area."

One bureaucrat told Le Devoir that Service Canada employees are under pressure to find flaws in EI statements and to treat "everyone as a potential fraudster."

"The measure of assessment of our work is the money we have saved the government," the bureaucrat said.

Documents obtained by the French-language publication also suggested the western division of Service Canada was looking at providing "31% of the national target savings," to represent some $154 million in cuts.


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