Employment Insurance Act

Version of section 60 from 2003-01-01 to 2018-03-31:


Marginal note:National employment service

  •  (1) The Commission shall maintain a national employment service to provide information on employment opportunities across Canada to help workers find suitable employment and help employers find suitable workers.

  • Marginal note:Duties of the Commission

    (2) The Commission shall

    • (a) collect information concerning employment for workers and workers seeking employment and, to the extent the Commission considers necessary, make the information available with a view to assisting workers to obtain employment for which they are suited and assisting employers to obtain workers most suitable to their needs; and

    • (b) ensure that in referring a worker seeking employment there will be no discrimination on a prohibited ground of discrimination within the meaning of the Canadian Human Rights Act or because of political affiliation, but nothing in this paragraph prohibits the national employment service from giving effect to

      • (i) any limitation, specification or preference based on a bona fide occupational requirement, or

      • (ii) any special program, plan or arrangement mentioned in section 16 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Commission may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, make regulations for the purposes of subsections (1) and (2).

  • Marginal note:Support measures

    (4) In support of the national employment service, the Commission may establish support measures to support

    • (a) organizations that provide employment assistance services to unemployed persons;

    • (b) employers, employee or employer associations, community groups and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting human resource requirements; and

    • (c) research and innovative projects to identify better ways of helping persons prepare for, return to or keep employment and be productive participants in the labour force.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (5) Support measures established under paragraph (4)(b) shall not

    • (a) provide assistance for employed persons unless they are facing a loss of their employment; or

    • (b) provide direct federal government assistance for the provision of labour market training without the agreement of the government of the province in which the assistance is provided.

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