Employment Insurance Act (S.C. 1996, c. 23)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-07-23. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Hours of insurable employment
  •  (1) The Commission may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, make regulations for establishing how many hours of insurable employment a person has, including regulations providing that persons whose earnings are not paid on an hourly basis are deemed to have hours of insurable employment as established in accordance with the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Alternative methods

    (2) If the Commission considers that it is not possible to apply the provisions of the regulations, it may authorize an alternative method of establishing how many hours of insurable employment a person has.

  • Marginal note:Alteration or rescission of authorization

    (3) The Commission may at any time alter the authorized method or rescind the authorization, subject to any conditions that it considers appropriate.

  • Marginal note:Agreement to provide alternative methods

    (4) The Commission may enter into agreements with employers or employees to provide for alternative methods of establishing how many hours of insurable employment persons have and the Commission may at any time rescind the agreements.


Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of this Part is to help maintain a sustainable employment insurance system through the establishment of employment benefits for insured participants and the maintenance of a national employment service.

Marginal note:Guidelines
  •  (1) Employment benefits and support measures under this Part shall be established in accordance with the following guidelines:

    • (a) harmonization with provincial employment initiatives to ensure that there is no unnecessary overlap or duplication;

    • (b) reduction of dependency on unemployment benefits by helping individuals obtain or keep employment;

    • (c) co-operation and partnership with other governments, employers, community-based organizations and other interested organizations;

    • (d) flexibility to allow significant decisions about implementation to be made at a local level;

    • (d.1) availability of assistance under the benefits and measures in either official language where there is significant demand for that assistance in that language;

    • (e) commitment by persons receiving assistance under the benefits and measures to

      • (i) achieving the goals of the assistance,

      • (ii) taking primary responsibility for identifying their employment needs and locating services necessary to allow them to meet those needs, and

      • (iii) if appropriate, sharing the cost of the assistance; and

    • (f) implementation of the benefits and measures within a framework for evaluating their success in assisting persons to obtain or keep employment.

  • Marginal note:Working in concert with provincial governments

    (2) To give effect to the purpose and guidelines of this Part, the Commission shall work in concert with the government of each province in which employment benefits and support measures are to be implemented in designing the benefits and measures, determining how they are to be implemented and establishing the framework for evaluating their success.

  • Marginal note:Agreements with provinces

    (3) The Commission shall invite the government of each province to enter into agreements for the purposes of subsection (2) or any other agreements authorized by this Part.