Employment Insurance Regulations (SOR/96-332)

Regulations are current to 2016-08-15 and last amended on 2016-08-07. Previous Versions

Pilot Project Extending the Benefit Period of Certain Claimants

  •  (1) The Commission establishes Pilot Project No. 5 for the purpose of assessing the effect of allowing claimants who are entitled to benefits for one or more weeks for which they receive or are entitled to receive an indemnity payment described in paragraph 35(2)(f) to choose not to be paid benefits for those weeks.

  • (2) Pilot Project No. 5 includes all claimants

    • (a) whose benefit period begins or ends during the Pilot Project;

    • (b) who receive or are entitled to receive an indemnity payment described in paragraph 35(2)(f) during their benefit period; and

    • (c) who are entitled to benefits for one or more weeks for which they receive or are entitled to receive an indemnity payment described in paragraph 35(2)(f).

  • (3) A claimant who chooses not to be paid benefits to which they are entitled for one or more weeks for which they receive or are entitled to receive an indemnity payment described in paragraph 35(2)(f) is, for the purposes of paragraph 10(10)(d) of the Act, deemed to have proved that they are not entitled to benefits for those weeks.

  • (4) The following applies to a claimant who, after being paid benefits for one or more weeks for which they received or were entitled to receive an indemnity payment described in paragraph 35(2)(f), chooses not to be paid benefits:

    • (a) if the Commission informed the claimant about Pilot Project No. 5 before the claimant was paid benefits, subsection (3) does not apply in respect of the week or weeks for which a benefit was paid; and

    • (b) if the Commission did not inform the claimant about the Pilot Project before the claimant was paid benefits, subsection (3) applies in respect of the week or weeks for which a benefit was paid and the claimant must repay the benefits paid.

  • (5) A claimant may rescind a choice made by them under subsection (3). A claimant who rescinds shall be paid benefits to which they are entitled.

  • (6) Pilot Project No. 5 does not apply to a week preceding the week in which this section comes into force or a week following the week in which this section ceases to have effect.

  • SOR/2002-364, s. 3.

Pilot Project Relating to Increased Weeks of Benefits

  •  (1) The Commission establishes Pilot Project No. 6 for the purpose of assessing the costs and impact of increasing weeks of benefits in selected economic regions.

  • (2) Pilot Project No. 6 includes each claimant

    • (a) whose benefit period is established in the period beginning on June 6, 2004 and ending on June 4, 2006; and

    • (b) who, at the time the benefit period is established, is ordinarily resident in a region described in Schedule I that is set out in Schedule II.1.

  • (3) Despite subsection 12(2) of the Act, the maximum number of weeks for which benefits may be paid in a benefit period that is established for a claimant who is included in Pilot Project No. 6 shall be determined in accordance with the table set out in Schedule II.2 by reference to the regional rate of unemployment that applies to the claimant and the number of hours of insurable employment of the claimant in their qualifying period.

  • SOR/2004-146, s. 1.

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-127, s. 1]

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-127, s. 1]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-206, s. 7]

 [Repealed, SOR/2010-214, s. 1]

Pilot Project for Calculating Benefit Rate Based On Claimant’s 14 Highest Weeks of Insurable Earnings (2)

  •  (1) Pilot Project No. 11 is established for the purpose of testing whether paying benefits based on calculating the rate of weekly benefits using the insurable earnings from a claimant’s 14 highest weeks of insurable earnings in the qualifying period would encourage claimants to accept all available work.

  • (2) Pilot Project No. 11 applies in respect of every claimant whose benefit period is established in the period beginning on October 26, 2008 and ending on June 25, 2011 and who is ordinarily resident in a region described in Schedule I that is set out in Schedule II.8, other than a claimant in respect of whom the Employment Insurance (Fishing) Regulations apply.

  • (3) For the purposes of Pilot Project No. 11,

    • (a) subsections 14(2), (4) and (4.1) of the Act do not apply;

    • (b) the reference in subsection 14(3) of the Act to “the rate calculation period” shall be read as a reference to “the qualifying period”;

    • (c) the references in section 24.1 of these Regulations to “the rate calculation period” shall be read as references to “the qualifying period”;

    • (d) section 24.2 of these Regulations does not apply;

    • (e) the insurable earnings in a claimant’s qualifying period shall be the aggregate of

      • (i) the insurable earnings from the 14 highest weeks of insurable earnings in that period, not including any insurable earnings paid or payable to the claimant in the qualifying period under section 24.1, and

      • (ii) any insurable earnings paid or payable to the claimant in the qualifying period under section 24.1; and

    • (f) a claimant’s weekly insurable earnings shall be determined by dividing the insurable earnings in the claimant’s qualifying period, determined in accordance with paragraph (e), by 14.

  • (4) If a claimant’s insurable earnings have been reported on the record of employment by pay period, the Commission shall

    • (a) allocate the amount of insurable earnings proportionately over the pay period; or

    • (b) if the claimant or the employer provides evidence of the amount of insurable earnings actually earned by the claimant in any week within the pay period, allocate the amount of insurable earnings proportionately over the other weeks in that pay period.

  • SOR/2008-257, s. 2;
  • SOR/2010-214, s. 2.

Pilot Project Increasing Allowable Earnings from Employment While Claimant is Receiving Benefits (2)

  •  (1) Pilot Project No. 12 is established for the purpose of testing whether increasing the amount of a claimant’s allowable earnings from employment while the claimant is receiving benefits would encourage more claimants to accept employment while receiving benefits.

  • (2) Pilot Project No. 12 applies in respect of every claimant whose benefit period is established or ends in the period beginning on December 7, 2008 and ending on August 6, 2011 and who is ordinarily resident in a region described in Schedule I.

  • (3) For the purpose of Pilot Project No. 12, subsection 19(2) of the Act is adapted such that the maximum allowable earnings shall be

    • (a) $75, if the claimant’s rate of weekly benefits is less than $188; and

    • (b) 40% of the claimant’s rate of weekly benefits, if that rate is $188 or more.

  • (4) For greater certainty, this section ceases to have effect on August 6, 2011.

  • SOR/2008-257, s. 2;
  • SOR/2010-214, s. 3.

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-206, s. 8]

Pilot Project Relating to Extended Employment Insurance and Training Incentive

  •  (1) Pilot Project No. 14 is established for the purposes of assessing whether the extension of the number of weeks of benefits paid to a qualified claimant who undertakes long-term training encourages the claimant to pursue such training and improves their re-employability.

  • (2) Pilot Project No. 14 applies in respect of every claimant whose benefit period is established in the period beginning on January 25, 2009 and ending on May 29, 2010.

  • (3) Pilot Project No. 14 applies in respect of every claimant who meets the following criteria:

    • (a) the claimant contributed at least 30% of the maximum annual employee’s premium in at least seven of the 10 years before the beginning of the claimant’s benefit period;

    • (b) the claimant was paid less than 36 weeks of regular benefits in the 260 weeks before the beginning of the claimant’s benefit period;

    • (c) within 20 weeks after the beginning of the claimant’s benefit period or before August 23, 2009, if the benefit period began before May 31, 2009, the claimant has an active return to work action plan; and

    • (d) the claimant is referred by the Commission, or an authority that the Commission designates, under paragraph 25(1)(a) of the Act, to a course or program of instruction or training

      • (i) that is full-time,

      • (ii) that has a duration of at least 20 weeks, and

      • (iii) that begins during one of the 52 weeks following the beginning of the claimant’s benefit period, but not before May 31, 2009.

  • (4) Despite subsections 10(2) and (8) of the Act, the benefit period of a claimant who is included in Pilot Project No. 14 is extended by the duration, in weeks, of the course or program referred to in paragraph (3)(d) — including any periods of interruption of the course or program — and the period granted for job-search purposes, up to a maximum of 104 weeks.

  • (5) The maximum number of weeks for which benefits may be paid to a claimant who is included in Pilot Project No. 14 is that which is determined by any of subsections 12(2), (3) or (6) of the Act added to, if applicable, the number of weeks that fall within the benefit period established under subsection (4)

    • (a) during which the claimant is attending the course or program referred to in paragraph (3)(d) or is searching for a job during the period granted for that purpose; and

    • (b) for which no benefits are payable under subsection 12(1) of the Act.

  • (6) For the application of subsections (4) and (5), the period granted for job-search purposes is equal to one week of benefits for every five weeks of training completed, up to a maximum of 12 consecutive weeks. This period begins on the Sunday after the last day on which the claimant attends the course or program.

  • (7) If any of the conditions under which the Commission may terminate the claimant’s referral under paragraph 27(1.1)(b) of the Act exists, subsection (5) ceases to apply on the Sunday after the last day on which the claimant attends the course or program.

  • SOR/2009-130, s. 2;
  • SOR/2009-233, s. 1.
 
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