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

Act current to 2024-02-06 and last amended on 2023-06-22. Previous Versions

PART 4Protection of Personal Information (continued)

Marginal note:Use of information for research purposes

  •  (1) The use of information by the Minister and by public officers of the Department for policy analysis, research or evaluation purposes shall be guided by the following principles:

    • (a) the object of the policy analysis, research or evaluation is consistent with the powers, duties and functions of the Minister;

    • (b) the use of the information is consistent with any agreement under which the information was obtained;

    • (c) the results of the policy analysis, research or evaluation will be made available only in accordance with the provisions of this Part, section 105 of the Canada Pension Plan, and any agreements under which the information was obtained;

    • (d) the policy analysis, research or evaluation would be difficult or impossible if the information were not used; and

    • (e) the policy analysis, research or evaluation is in the public interest.

  • Marginal note:Use

    (2) Unless authorized by the Minister, a public officer shall not use information for the purpose of policy analysis, research or evaluation if the information would allow an individual to be identified.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (3) Information that is used for policy analysis, research or evaluation purposes shall not be used for any administrative purpose as defined in section 3 of the Privacy Act.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 39
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 289

Marginal note:Evidence and production of documents

 Despite any other Act or law, the Minister, the members of the Commission and public officers shall not be required, in connection with any legal proceedings, to give evidence relating to information that is privileged under section 32 or to produce a statement or other writing that contains any such privileged information unless the Minister considers that it is appropriate to do so or the legal proceeding directly concerns the administration or enforcement of a program.

Marginal note:Agreements authorizing the obtaining of information

 The Minister may enter into agreements to obtain information for the administration or enforcement of a program with federal institutions, governments of provinces or public bodies created under provincial law, governments of foreign states, international organizations of states or international organizations established by the governments of states, any institution of any such government or organization, and other persons or bodies.

Marginal note:Offence

  •  (1) Every person or body commits an offence if they knowingly make available information that is privileged under this Part, or knowingly use or allow such information to be used, otherwise than in accordance with this Part or subsection 28.2(5) or (6), or a condition or agreement referred to

  • Marginal note:Punishment — individuals

    (2) An individual who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Punishment — others

    (3) A body or a person, other than an individual, who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $100,000.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 42
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 290

Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may, by regulation, prescribe

  • (a) individuals or classes of individuals for the purpose of the definition public officer in subsection 30(1);

  • (b) federal institutions, for the purposes of subsection 35(1), to which the information referred to in that subsection may be made available, and the federal or provincial laws or activities for whose administration or enforcement the information may be made available; and

  • (c) provincial activities, for the purposes of subsections 36(1) and 36.2(1), in respect of which the information referred to in those subsections may be made available.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 43
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 291

PART 5Board of Appeal and Social Security Tribunal

Board of Appeal

Establishment and Administration

Marginal note:Establishment of Board of Appeal

 The Employment Insurance Board of Appeal is established.

Marginal note:Appointment — Executive Head

  •  (1) The Executive Head of the Board of Appeal is to be appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Commission, to hold office during pleasure on a full-time basis for a renewable term of not more than five years.

  • Marginal note:Appointment — regional coordinators

    (2) On the recommendation of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Commission, the Governor in Council may appoint not more than six regional coordinators to hold office during pleasure on a full-time or part-time basis for a renewable term of not more than five years that will ensure, to the extent possible, the end in any one year of the terms of office of not more than one half of the regional coordinators.

  • Marginal note:Diversity

    (3) Recommendations under subsection (2) are to be made having regard to the importance of having regional coordinators who are representative of the diversity of Canadian society.

Marginal note:Composition

  •  (1) The Board of Appeal consists of the Executive Head, the regional coordinators and the following members:

    • (a) members to be appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Commission, to hold office during pleasure on a part-time basis for a renewable term of not more than five years;

    • (b) members to be appointed by the Commission to hold office during pleasure on a part-time basis for a renewable term of not more than five years, each of whom must be an employer, within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Employment Insurance Act, or, at the time of the appointment, a representative of such employers; and

    • (c) members to be appointed by the Commission to hold office during pleasure on a part-time basis for a renewable term of not more than five years, each of whom must be an insured person, within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Employment Insurance Act, or, at the time of the appointment, a representative of such insured persons.

  • Marginal note:Terms of members

    (2) Members are to be appointed for terms that will ensure, to the extent possible, the end in any one year of the terms of office of not more than one half of the members appointed under each of paragraphs (1)(a) to (c).

  • Marginal note:Equal number

    (3) To the extent possible, an equal number of members is to be appointed under each of paragraphs (1)(a) to (c).

  • Marginal note:Regional representation and diversity

    (4) Recommendations under paragraph (1)(a) and appointments under paragraphs (1)(b) and (c) are to be made having regard to the importance of regional representation in the membership of the Board of Appeal as well as the importance of having members who are representative of the diversity of Canadian society.

  • Marginal note:Completion of ongoing matters

    (5) A person who ceases to be a member for any reason other than removal may, at the request of the Executive Head, within 12 weeks after ceasing to be a member, carry out and complete any duties and functions that they would otherwise have had in connection with any matter that came before the Board of Appeal while they were still a member and in respect of which there was any proceeding in which they participated as a member. For that purpose, the person is deemed to be a member.

Marginal note:Executive Head

  •  (1) The Executive Head has supervision over and direction of the day-to-day work of the Board of Appeal. In particular, the Executive Head is responsible for the management of the regional coordinators and the members of the Board of Appeal, including providing them with training and guidance with respect to their duties and functions and evaluating their performance.

  • Marginal note:Report on overall performance

    (2) The Executive Head is to report regularly to the Commission on the overall performance of the Board of Appeal.

  • Marginal note:Regional coordinators

    (3) Regional coordinators assist the Executive Head and perform any duties and functions that the Executive Head may assign.

  • Marginal note:Delegation — regional coordinators

    (4) The Executive Head may delegate to any regional coordinator any of the Executive Head’s powers, duties or functions, except the power to delegate under this subsection, the duty to report under subsection (2), the duty to select members under subsection 43.05(1) and the duty to select a regional coordinator under subsection 43.05(2).

  • Marginal note:Members assigned to region

    (5) The Executive Head is to assign each member of the Board of Appeal to a particular region to hear appeals in that region, taking into account the member’s ordinary place of residence. However, a member may be selected to hear appeals in other regions for operational reasons.

  • Marginal note:Absence — Executive Head

    (6) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Executive Head or a vacancy in that office, the Chairperson of the Commission may authorize a person to act as Executive Head, on any terms and conditions that the Chairperson may specify, but no person so authorized has authority to act for a term of more than 90 days without the Governor in Council’s approval given on the recommendation of the Minister after consultation by the Minister with the Commission.

Marginal note:Board of Appeal hearings — three-member panels

  •  (1) An appeal to the Board of Appeal is to be heard before a panel of three members selected by the Executive Head. One member, who is to be the presiding member of the panel, is to be selected from among the members referred to in paragraph 43.03(1)(a), one member is to be selected from among the members referred to in paragraph 43.03(1)(b) and one member is to be selected from among the members referred to in paragraph 43.03(1)(c).

  • Marginal note:Determination of regional coordinator

    (2) The Executive Head is to select a regional coordinator to

    • (a) determine if an extension of time to bring an appeal to the Board of Appeal should be granted;

    • (b) determine if an appeal before the Board of Appeal has been abandoned; or

    • (c) hear an application to reopen an appeal that has been determined to be abandoned.

  • Marginal note:Delegation — employees of Department

    (3) The Executive Head may delegate to any employees of the Department, referred to in section 43.08, the duty to select members under subsection (1) and the duty to select a regional coordinator under subsection (2).

Marginal note:Remuneration

  •  (1) The Executive Head, the regional coordinators and the members of the Board of Appeal are to be paid the remuneration fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — Executive Head

    (2) The Executive Head is entitled to be paid, in accordance with Treasury Board directives, reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by the Executive Head while absent from the Executive Head’s ordinary place of work in the course of performing the Executive Head’s duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — full-time regional coordinators

    (3) Each full-time regional coordinator is entitled to be paid, in accordance with Treasury Board directives, reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by them while absent from their ordinary place of work in the course of performing their duties and functions as a regional coordinator.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — part-time regional coordinators and members

    (4) Each part-time regional coordinator and each member of the Board of Appeal is entitled to be paid, in accordance with Treasury Board directives, reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by them while absent from their ordinary place of residence in the course of performing their duties and functions as a regional coordinator or a member of the Board of Appeal, as the case may be.

Marginal note:Public Service Superannuation Act

  •  (1) The Executive Head and the full-time regional coordinators are deemed to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act.

  • Marginal note:Other benefits

    (2) The Executive Head, the regional coordinators and the members of the Board of Appeal are deemed to be employees for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of regulations made under section 9 of the Aeronautics Act.

Marginal note:Employees, services and facilities

 The Minister is responsible for providing the Board of Appeal with the employees of the Department, the support services and the facilities that are needed by the Board of Appeal to exercise its powers and perform its duties and functions.

Marginal note:Immunity

 No civil proceedings lie against the Executive Head, any regional coordinator or any member of the Board of Appeal for anything done or said in good faith in the exercise or purported exercise of a power or in the performance or purported performance of a duty or function of the Board of Appeal.

Marginal note:Competence and compellability

 The Executive Head, the regional coordinators and the members of the Board of Appeal are not competent or compellable to appear as a witness in any civil proceedings in respect of any matter coming to their knowledge in the course of the exercise of a power or in the performance of a duty or function of the Board of Appeal.

 

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