Department of Employment and Social Development Act (S.C. 2005, c. 34)

Act current to 2018-07-05 and last amended on 2018-06-21. Previous Versions

PART 3Canada Employment Insurance Commission

Continuation of the Commission

Marginal note:Commission
  •  (1) The Canada Employment Insurance Commission is continued. It consists of four commissioners.

  • Marginal note:Commissioners

    (2) The four commissioners shall be

    • (a) the Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, who shall be the Chairperson of the Commission;

    • (b) an Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, who shall be the Vice-Chairperson of the Commission;

    • (c) a person appointed by the Governor in Council after consultation with organizations representative of workers; and

    • (d) a person appointed by the Governor in Council after consultation with organizations representative of employers.

  • Marginal note:Employment Insurance Canada

    (3) The expressions “Employment Insurance Canada” and “Assurance-emploi Canada” in any document issued or executed in relation to the matters set out in section 24 are deemed to be references to the “Canada Employment Insurance Commission” and the “Commission de l’assurance-emploi du Canada”, respectively.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 20;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1723;
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 210.
Marginal note:Tenure, remuneration and conditions of office
  •  (1) Commissioners, other than the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson,

    • (a) shall be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during good behaviour for a term not exceeding five years but may be removed by the Governor in Council at any time for cause;

    • (b) are eligible for reappointment on the expiration of each term of office;

    • (c) shall receive the remuneration that is fixed by the Governor in Council;

    • (d) are deemed to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act and to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and any regulations made pursuant to section 9 of the Aeronautics Act; and

    • (e) shall devote the whole of their time to the performance of the duties and functions of the office of commissioner and shall not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with their duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:Tenure, remuneration and conditions of office — acting

    (2) In the event of the absence or incapacity of a commissioner other than the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson or if the office is vacant, the Governor in Council may designate a person to act as a commissioner for the period of the absence, incapacity or vacancy and the person so designated has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of a commissioner, unless the Governor in Council specifies otherwise.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 21, 82(E).
Marginal note:Chairperson
  •  (1) The Chairperson of the Commission is the chief executive officer of the Commission. The Chairperson supervises the work of the Commission and presides at its meetings.

  • Marginal note:Vice-Chairperson

    (2) The Vice-Chairperson of the Commission exercises the powers and performs the duties and functions under the Chairperson that the Chairperson may specify.

  • Marginal note:Acting Chairperson

    (3) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Vice-Chairperson has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Acting Vice-Chairperson

    (4) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Vice-Chairperson, if the office of Vice-Chairperson is vacant or if the Vice-Chairperson is acting as Chairperson pursuant to subsection (3), the Governor in Council may designate a person to act as Vice-Chairperson for the period of the absence, incapacity or vacancy or the period during which the Vice-Chairperson is acting as Chairperson, and the person so designated has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Vice-Chairperson, unless the Governor in Council specifies otherwise.

Marginal note:Voting

 The Vice-Chairperson may not vote at any meeting of the Commission unless the Vice-Chairperson is acting for or on behalf of the Chairperson.

Powers, Duties and Functions of the Commission

Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions of the Commission
  •  (1) The Commission shall exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions

    • (a) that are required by the Minister or by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament in relation to employment insurance, employment services and the development and utilization of labour market resources; and

    • (b) that are required by order of the Governor in Council or by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament in relation to other matters.

  • Marginal note:Agreements with other countries

    (2) With the approval by order of the Governor in Council, the Commission may, notwithstanding any other Act of Parliament, enter into agreements with the governments of other countries to establish reciprocal arrangements relating to any matter set out in subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Directions to Commission

    (3) The Commission shall comply with any directions given to it from time to time by the Minister respecting the exercise of its powers or the performance of its duties and functions.

Marginal note:Business numbers — Commission

 The Commission may collect any business number, as defined in subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act, and use it as an identifier for the purposes of the administration or enforcement of the Employment Insurance Act.

  • 2018, c. 12, s. 274.
Marginal note:Rules
  •  (1) The Commission may make rules respecting the calling of meetings of the Commission and generally respecting the conduct of its business.

  • Marginal note:Minutes of meetings

    (2) Minutes shall be recorded of all formal meetings of the Commission.

Marginal note:Agent of Her Majesty
  •  (1) The Commission is a body corporate and is for all purposes an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada and it may exercise its powers only as an agent of Her Majesty in that right.

  • Marginal note:Contracts

    (2) The Commission may, on behalf of Her Majesty in right of Canada, enter into contracts in the name of Her Majesty or in the name of the Commission.

Organization and Operation of the Commission

Marginal note:Head office
  •  (1) The head office of the Commission shall be in the National Capital Region as described in the schedule to the National Capital Act or at any other place in Canada that may be designated by order of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Residence

    (2) The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall reside in the National Capital Region or at the place designated by the Governor in Council under subsection (1), or within reasonable commuting distance of that region or place.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 27;
  • 2011, c. 24, s. 189.
Marginal note:Staff
  •  (1) The officers and employees necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the Commission shall be employees of the Department.

  • (1.1) [Repealed, 2008, c. 28, s. 132]

  • Marginal note:Agents

    (2) The Commission may enter into contracts with agents in or for locations where the Commission considers it desirable to do so.

  • Marginal note:Delegation

    (3) The Commission may authorize any person or body, or member of a class of persons or bodies, to exercise powers or perform duties and functions of or delegated to the Commission, and any such authorized person or body or class of persons or bodies may exercise specified powers or perform specified duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:Actuary — Employment Insurance Act

    (4) The Commission shall engage the services of a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries who is an employee of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions to perform the duties under section 66.3 of the Employment Insurance Act.

  • 2005, c. 30, s. 129, c. 34, s. 28;
  • 2008, c. 28, s. 132;
  • 2012, c. 31, s. 441.
 
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