The federal government is looking to expand its unemployment insurance program to cover workers who are unemployed for six months or more.
The change would mean Canadians will no longer be left out in the cold if they have trouble finding work.
It also means companies will have to advertise vacancies on their websites.
The changes come after a number of provinces and territories rolled out their own unemployment insurance programs.
A federal government announcement on Thursday said that the federal government would provide up to $4,000 to anyone who needs it.
“As unemployment insurance is not the same as unemployment benefits, there will be additional steps to be taken to provide assistance to people who are struggling to find a job,” said the announcement, which was made in Ottawa.
“We know that Canadians are looking to work and looking to earn, and that is why we have expanded the unemployment insurance to include a portion of the unemployed that is looking for a job.”
The changes come as the economy continues to struggle with the global economic downturn.
The unemployment rate in the United States is at 5.4 per cent.
The federal unemployment rate is 7.6 per cent and in the province of Quebec it is 7 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
The announcement comes after the federal Conservatives announced a budget earlier this month that included $3.5 billion in additional funding for the unemployment benefits program.
The money will be earmarked for an extra $2 billion to help unemployed Canadians find work.
The Conservatives said the new money would also be used to support low-income Canadians in their job search.