Social Security Tribunal
As of April 1, 2013, the new Social Security Tribunal (SST) is responsible for appeals under the Employment Insurance Act. Both the Board of Referees and the Office of the Umpire are no longer accepting new appeals.
The Board of Referees will continue to hear appeals filed before April 1, 2013, and make decisions on those cases until October 31st, 2013. Appeals that were filed but not heard by October 31st, 2013 will be transferred to the SST at that time.
The Office of the Umpire will continue to make decisions on appeals that were heard by March 31, 2013. These decisions must be issued no later than March 31, 2014. Appeals that were filed but not heard by April 1st, 2013 have been transferred to the SST. The SST is notifying those involved in these appeals of their transfer and of next steps in the appeal process.
Board of Referees
This site provides Board members and the Public with reference materials and information pertaining to the Employment Insurance appeals system and the structure, role and responsibilities of the Employment Insurance Boards of Referees. To access this information, choose from the selections below and click on the appropriate text.
Getting Started: A Guide for New Chairpersons and Members of Boards of Referees (PDF, 286 Kb) - this file can be opened with the freely available Acrobat Reader.
This practical guide was independently developed to help Board of Referees chairpersons and members with their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Employment Insurance procedures within the general framework of Canadian administrative law.
Board of Referees' Quick Reference Tool
This tool provides you with Employment Insurance legislation and jurisprudence references. Specifically, it provides you with the "questions to answer" for Employment Insurance issues, along with references, legal tests, onus of proof and key case law. Hyperlinks to source documents allow you to quickly research an issue.
Handbook for Employment Insurance Boards of Referees
The purpose of this handbook is to provide an overview of the Employment Insurance appeals system, and the structure, role and responsibilities of the Employment Insurance (EI) Boards of Referees as prescribed by the Employment Insurance Act and Regulations and existing jurisprudence.
Template of a Board of Referees Decision
This section contains a template for the Board of Referees decision.
This work has been written to assist the initial and continuing training of chairpersons and members of boards of referees. The aim of the work is to situate employment insurance procedure within the general framework of Canadian administrative law.
View from the courts
« A View from the Courts » is an independently compiled library of the Federal Court and various other tribunals' interpretation or guiding principles of the Employment Insurance Act.
The purpose of this site is to provide users with the principles of law - those established by the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the issues that most frequently arise under the Employment Insurance Act.
Employment Insurance Appeal Decisions Favourable to Workers
This database is independently selected, summarized and produced by the Unemployed Workers Help Centre of Regina, the Community Legal Assistance Society of Vancouver and the Mouvement Action-Chômage de Montréal. The purpose of the database is to make available to Employment Insurance Boards of Referees and the interested public, a collection of Employment Insurance jurisprudence where the decision was favourable to workers, a collection of Employment Insurance jurisprudence where the decision was favourable to workers.
Boards of Referees' Policy
Financial and Administrative Services
Message from the Board of Referees.
Employment Insurance – Acts and Regulations
This section contains the current legislation, the archived Acts and past amendments, as well as the archived Regulations and past amendments.