Employment Insurance Regulations (SOR/96-332)

Regulations are current to 2016-11-21 and last amended on 2016-08-07. Previous Versions

Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plans

  •  (1) Subject to the other provisions of this section, payments received by a claimant as an insured person under a supplemental unemployment benefit plan are not earnings for the purposes of section 19, subsection 21(3), section 45 or 46, subsection 152.03(3) or section 152.18 of the Act.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a supplemental unemployment benefit plan is a plan that

    • (a) identifies the group or groups of employees covered by the plan;

    • (b) covers any period of unemployment by reason of a temporary stoppage of work, training, illness, injury, quarantine or any combination of such reasons;

    • (c) requires employees to apply for and be in receipt of benefits in order to receive payments under the plan but may provide for payments to an employee who is not in receipt of benefits for the reason that the employee

      • (i) is serving the waiting period,

      • (ii) has insufficient hours of insurable employment to qualify for benefits, or

      • (iii) has received all of the benefits to which the employee is entitled;

    • (d) requires that the combined weekly payments received from the plan and the portion of the weekly benefit rate from that employment do not exceed 95 per cent of the employee's normal weekly earnings from that employment;

    • (e) requires that payments under the plan be financed by the employer and that the employer keep separate accounts for those payments;

    • (f) requires that, on termination of the plan, all remaining assets revert to the employer or be used for payments under the plan or for administrative costs of the plan;

    • (g) requires that the plan be submitted to the Commission prior to its effective date and that written notice of any change to the plan be given to the Commission within 30 days after the effective date of the change;

    • (h) provides that the employees have no vested right to payments under the plan, except to payments during a period of unemployment specified in the plan; and

    • (i) provides that payments in respect of guaranteed annual remuneration or in respect of deferred remuneration or severance pay benefits are not reduced or increased by payments received under the plan.

  • SOR/2002-154, s. 6;
  • SOR/2002-274, s. 1;
  • SOR/2010-10, s. 17.

Maternity Leave, Leave for the Care of a Child and Compassionate Care Leave Plans

[SOR/2002-274, s. 2; SOR/2003-393, s. 6]
  •  (1) The following portion of any payments that are paid to a claimant as an insured person because of pregnancy, for the care of a child or children referred to in subsection 23(1) or 152.05(1) of the Act or for the care or support of a family member referred to in subsection 23.1(2) or 152.06(1) of the Act or of a critically ill child, or because of any combination of those reasons, is excluded as earnings for the purposes of section 35, namely, the portion that

    • (a) when combined with the portion of the claimant's weekly benefit rate from that employment, does not exceed that claimant's normal weekly earnings from that employment; and

    • (b) does not reduce the claimant's accumulated sick leave or vacation leave credits, severance pay or any other accumulated credits from that claimant's employment.

  • (2) However, the portion of any payments referred to in subsection (1) that are paid to a claimant in respect of a week during which benefits are payable to the claimant by reason of illness, injury or quarantine is considered earnings for the purposes of section 35.

  • SOR/2002-274, s. 3;
  • SOR/2003-393, s. 7;
  • SOR/2010-10, s. 18;
  • SOR/2013-26, s. 1;
  • SOR/2013-102, s. 10.

Earnings in the Waiting Period

  •  (1) If a claimant has earnings in respect of a period that falls in the claimant’s waiting period, an amount equal to those earnings or, if paragraph 19(3)(a) or 152.18(3)(a) of the Act applies in respect of those earnings, the amount required by that paragraph to be deducted, shall be deducted from the benefits payable for the first three weeks for which benefits are otherwise payable.

  • (2) The maximum amount to be deducted under subsection (1) in respect of a claimant's earnings for any one week in the claimant's waiting period is an amount equal to the claimant's rate of weekly benefits.

  • (3) For the purpose of calculating the earnings of a claimant during the waiting period, no account shall be taken of amounts paid or payable

    • (a) under a wage-loss indemnity plan by reason of illness, injury or quarantine, pregnancy, the care of a child or children referred to in subsection 23(1) or 152.05(1) of the Act or the care or support of a family member referred to in subsection 23.1(2) or 152.06(1) of the Act or of a critically ill child, or under a workers’ compensation plan; or

    • (a.1) as an indemnity described in paragraph 35(2)(f); or

    • (b) by an employer in respect of sick leave, maternity leave or adoption leave, leave for the care of a child or children referred to in subsection 23(1) or 152.05(1) of the Act or leave for the care or support of a family member referred to in subsection 23.1(2) or 152.06(1) of the Act or of a critically ill child.

  • SOR/97-31, s. 20;
  • SOR/2002-364, s. 2;
  • SOR/2003-393, s. 8;
  • SOR/2010-10, s. 19;
  • SOR/2013-102, s. 11.

Waiving of the Waiting Period for Apprentices

 The waiting period shall be waived if the following conditions are met:

  • (a) the claimant is attending a course that is a required part of an apprenticeship program and to which they are referred pursuant to paragraph 25(1)(a) of the Act;

  • (b) the claimant has ceased working for the reason described in paragraph (a); and

  • (c) the claimant has, after the coming into force of this section, served a waiting period in respect of a course that is a required part of the same apprenticeship program.

  • SOR/2002-280, s. 1.

Sickness

  •  (1) The information and evidence to be provided to the Commission by a claimant in order to prove inability to work because of illness, injury or quarantine under paragraph 18(1)(b) or subsection 152.03(1) of the Act, is a medical certificate completed by a medical doctor or other medical professional attesting to the claimant’s inability to work and stating the probable duration of the illness, injury or quarantine.

  • (1.1) Despite subsection (1), if either of the following circumstances occur in respect of a quarantine, a claimant need only provide the Commission with a declaration that a period of quarantine was

    • (a) imposed on the claimant by a public health official for the health and safety of the public at large; or

    • (b) recommended by such an official for the health and safety of the public at large and the claimant was asked by their employer, a medical doctor, a nurse or another similar person in authority to place themself under quarantine.

  • (2) Notwithstanding that a certificate is provided by a claimant pursuant to subsection (1), the Commission may require a claimant to undergo a medical examination at such time and place as it may reasonably direct for the purpose of determining the nature of the illness, injury or quarantine, the physical or mental condition of the claimant, the probable duration of the inability to work and any other circumstances relating to that inability.

  • (3) A medical examination referred to in subsection (2) shall be made at the expense of the Commission and a claimant who undergoes such an examination shall be reimbursed for their reasonable travel and other expenses.

  • (4) For the purposes of paragraphs 8(2)(a) and 18(1)(b) and subsections 28(7) and 152.03(1) of the Act, illness, injury or quarantine is any illness, injury or quarantine that renders a claimant incapable of performing the duties of their regular or usual employment or of other suitable employment.

  • (5) A pregnancy that is terminated within the first 19 weeks is an illness for the purposes of paragraph 18(1)(b) and subsection 152.03(1) of the Act.

  • (6) The Commission may waive the waiting period in respect of the benefit period of a claimant if

    • (a) the claimant qualifies to receive benefits in that benefit period by reason of an interruption of earnings as described in subsection 14(2) or section 14.01; and

    • (b) after the claimant ceased to work, allowances, payments or other moneys are payable to the claimant by the claimant's employer or former employer as sick leave pay.

  • (7) The Commission may waive the waiting period in respect of the benefit period of a claimant if

    • (a) the claimant qualifies to receive benefits in that benefit period by reason of an interruption of earnings as described in subsection 14(2) or section 14.01; and

    • (b) the quarantine arises from circumstances set out in paragraph (1.1)(a) or (b).

  • (8) Subsections (1.1) and (7) apply to a claimant for any benefit period

    • (a) that begins on or after the day on which this subsection comes into force; or

    • (b) that has not ended before the day on which this subsection comes into force, but only for weeks of benefits commencing with the week during which this subsection comes into force.

  • (9) Subsections (1.1), (7) and (8) shall cease to have effect six months after the day on which this subsection comes into force.

  • SOR/2003-131, s. 1;
  • SOR/2010-10, s. 20;
  • SOR/2013-102, s. 20.
 
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