Employment Insurance Regulations (SOR/96-332)

Regulations are current to 2016-05-12 and last amended on 2016-01-01. Previous Versions

  •  (1) A self-employed person is not disentitled from receiving benefits for the reason that the self-employed person is outside Canada

    • (a) for the purpose of undergoing, at a hospital, medical clinic or similar facility outside Canada, medical treatment that is not readily or immediately available in the self-employed person’s area of residence in Canada, if the hospital, clinic or facility is accredited to provide the medical treatment by the appropriate governmental authority outside Canada;

    • (b) for a period of not more than seven consecutive days to attend the funeral of a member of the self-employed person’s immediate family or of one of the following persons, namely,

      • (i) a grandparent of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner,

      • (ii) a grandchild of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner,

      • (iii) the spouse or common-law partner of the self-employed person’s son or daughter or of the son or daughter of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner,

      • (iv) the spouse or common-law partner of a child of the self-employed person’s father or mother or of a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the self-employed person’s father or mother,

      • (v) a child of the father or mother of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner or a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner,

      • (vi) an uncle or aunt of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner, and

      • (vii) a nephew or niece of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (c) for a period of not more than seven consecutive days to accompany a member of the self-employed person’s immediate family to a hospital, medical clinic or similar facility outside Canada for medical treatment that is not readily or immediately available in the family member’s area of residence in Canada, if the hospital, clinic or facility is accredited to provide the medical treatment by the appropriate governmental authority outside Canada; or

    • (d) for a period of not more than seven consecutive days to visit a member of the self-employed person’s immediate family who is seriously ill or injured.

  • (1.1) Only the periods set out in paragraphs (1)(b) and (d) may be cumulated during a single trip outside Canada, and only if the member of the self-employed person’s immediate family whom the self-employed person visits under paragraph (1)(d) is the person whose funeral the self-employed person attends under paragraph (1)(b).

  • (2) For the purposes of subsections (1) and (1.1), the following persons are considered to be members of the self-employed person’s immediate family:

    • (a) the father and mother of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (b) the spouse or common-law partner of the father or mother of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (c) the foster parent of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (d) a child of the self-employed person’s father or mother or a child of the spouse or common-law partner of the self-employed person’s father or mother;

    • (e) the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (f) a child of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner;

    • (g) a ward of the self-employed person or of the self-employed person’s spouse or common-law partner; and

    • (h) a dependant or relative residing in the self-employed person’s household or a relative with whom the self-employed person permanently resides.

  • (3) A self-employed person is not disentitled from receiving benefits in respect of pregnancy, the care of a child or children referred to in subsection 152.05(1) of the Act or the care or support of a family member referred to in subsection 152.06(1) of the Act or of a critically ill child for the sole reason that the self-employed person is outside Canada, unless their Social Insurance Number Card or the period of validity of their Social Insurance Number has expired.

  • SOR/2010-10, s. 27;
  • SOR/2011-229, s. 4;
  • SOR/2012-260, s. 2;
  • SOR/2013-82, s. 16;
  • SOR/2013-102, s. 14.

Provision of Information

 Employers who participate in a program to enable the Commission to substantiate proof provided to it by claimants in respect of their fulfilment of conditions for receiving or continuing to receive benefits shall provide, electronically on a monthly basis, the following information to the Commission in respect of their employees:

  • (a) dates of commencement of employment;

  • (b) periods of employment; and

  • (c) amounts earned during employment.

  • SOR/2004-312, s. 1;
  • SOR/2009-187, s. 1.

Ratification of Amounts Paid to Persons While Not Entitled

 The Commission may ratify the amounts paid

  • (a) to claimants whose benefit period was established in the period beginning on January 4, 2009 and ending on September 11, 2010 following a claim for special benefits; and

  • (b) for a week that is after the expiry of the benefit period that should have been established with respect to them under subsection 10(2) of the Act, as it read on October 25, 2009.

  • SOR/2011-75, s. 1.

Write-off of Amounts Wrongly Paid, Penalties and Interest

[SOR/2002-236, s. 1]
  •  (1) A penalty owing under section 38, 39 or 65.1 of the Act or an amount payable under section 43, 45, 46, 46.1 or 65 of the Act, or the interest accrued on the penalty or amount, may be written off by the Commission if

    • (a) the total of the penalties and amounts, including the interest accrued on those penalties and amounts, owing by the debtor to Her Majesty under any program administered by the Department of Employment and Social Development does not exceed $100, a benefit period is not currently running in respect of the debtor and the debtor is not currently making regular payments on a repayment plan;

    • (b) the debtor is deceased;

    • (c) the debtor is a discharged bankrupt;

    • (d) the debtor is an undischarged bankrupt in respect of whom the final dividend has been paid and the trustee has been discharged;

    • (e) the overpayment does not arise from an error made by the debtor or as a result of a false or misleading declaration or representation made by the debtor, whether the debtor knew it to be false or misleading or not, but arises from

      • (i) a retrospective decision or ruling made under Part IV of the Act, or

      • (ii) a retrospective decision made under Part I or IV of the Act in relation to benefits paid under section 25 of the Act; or

    • (f) the Commission considers that, having regard to all the circumstances,

      • (i) the penalty or amount, or the interest accrued on it, is uncollectable,

      • (ii) the repayment of the penalty or amount, or the interest accrued on it, would result in undue hardship to the debtor, or

      • (iii) the administrative costs of collecting the penalty or amount, or the interest accrued on it, would likely equal or exceed the penalty, amount or interest to be collected.

  • (2) The portion of an amount owing under section 47 or 65 of the Act in respect of benefits received more than 12 months before the Commission notifies the debtor of the overpayment, including the interest accrued on it, may be written off by the Commission if

    • (a) the overpayment does not arise from an error made by the debtor or as a result of a false or misleading declaration or representation made by the debtor, whether the debtor knew it to be false or misleading or not; and

    • (b) the overpayment arises as a result of

      • (i) a delay or error made by the Commission in processing a claim for benefits,

      • (ii) retrospective control procedures or a retrospective review initiated by the Commission,

      • (iii) an error made on the record of employment by the employer,

      • (iv) an incorrect calculation by the employer of the debtor's insurable earnings or hours of insurable employment, or

      • (v) an error in insuring the employment or other activity of the debtor.

  • SOR/2002-236, s. 2;
  • SOR/2012-260, s. 3;
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 237.
 
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