Adjustment Assistance Benefit Regulations (Footwear and Tanning Workers)

C.R.C., c. 317

APPROPRIATION ACTS

APPROPRIATION ACT NO. 5, 1973

Regulations Respecting Provision for Adjustment Assistance Benefits for Displaced Workers In The Footwear and Tanning Industries

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Adjustment Assistance Benefit Regulations (Footwear and Tanning Workers).

Interpretation

 In these Regulations,

Act

Act means the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1971; (Loi)

average weekly insurable earnings

average weekly insurable earnings, with respect to an employee who is eligible to receive pre-retirement benefit, means the average of his weekly insurable earnings, as determined pursuant to the Act, from employment by a manufacturer for the 20 weeks of employment nearest to the effective date of his lay-off; (rémunération hebdomadaire moyenne assurable)

Board

Board means the Enterprise Development Board established by section 4 of the Enterprise Development Regulations; (Commission d’aide générale)

board of referees

board of referees means a board of referees established by the Act; (conseil arbitral)

certificate

certificate means a certificate issued by the Board pursuant to section 3; (certificat)

Commission

Commission means the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission; (Commission)

effective date of lay-off

effective date of lay-off means the date of lay-off of an employee that occurs within a lay-off period; (date d’effet de la mise à pied)

employee

employee means a person who is included in a lay-off; (employé)

employer

employer means an employer named in a certificate; (employeur)

footwear

footwear means any form of footwear other than footwear the main component of which is canvas; (chaussure)

lay-off

lay-off means the involuntary separation from employment for an indefinite period of an employee of a manufacturer solely as a result of a reduction by that manufacturer in the number of employees employed by him; (mise à pied)

manufacturer

manufacturer means

  • (a) a person, firm or corporation or a division thereof in Canada engaged in a manufacturing or processing activity in the footwear or tanning industries, or both, on January 1, 1974,

  • (b) any corporation restructured by means of the acquisition of one or more corporations or divisions thereof referred to in paragraph (a), or

  • (c) a new corporation formed after January 1, 1974 by the merger or acquisition of two or more corporations or divisions thereof referred to in paragraph (a); (fabricant)

manufacturing or processing activity

manufacturing or processing activity means an activity whereby any footwear or leather

  • (a) is made, fabricated, processed or refined out of any raw material or other substance or combination thereof, and includes the tanning of any raw material or other substance or combination thereof, or

  • (b) is made by causing any raw material or other substance to undergo a significant chemical, biochemical or physical change including any change that preserves or improves the keeping qualities of that raw material or other substance but excluding any change by growth or decay; (travaux de fabrication ou de traitement)

maximum pre-retirement benefit

maximum pre-retirement benefit has the meaning assigned by section 9; (prestation maximale d’avant-retraite)

Minister

Minister means the Minister of Labour; (ministre)

pre-retirement benefit

pre-retirement benefit means the pre-retirement benefit payable under these Regulations; (prestation d’avant-retraite)

qualifying week

qualifying week, with respect to an employee, means a week during which the employee was employed by a manufacturer and had insurable earnings as determined pursuant to the Act; (semaine donnant droit à l’aide)

restructure

restructure means a change that, in the opinion of the Board, is significant in the operations of a manufacturer in respect of the products, methods of production, markets or management procedures and, if directly related to those operations, includes

  • (a) the acquisition, merger or amalgamation of one or more manufacturers described in paragraph (a) of the definition “manufacturer”,

  • (b) the acquisition of working capital, or

  • (c) the acquisition, construction or conversion of machinery, equipment, buildings, land or other facilities; (restructuration)

umpire

umpire means an umpire appointed under Part V of the Act. (juge-arbitre)

  • SOR/78-786, s. 1;
  • SOR/79-283, s. 1;
  • SOR/79-624, s. 1.

Conditions of Payment of Pre-retirement Benefits

  •  (1) No pre-retirement benefit shall be paid to any person unless he is a person or belongs to a class of persons certified by the Board to the Minister in accordance with subsection (3) as eligible to apply for that benefit.

  • (2) Any labour union or unit thereof, or any other representative group of workers, representing any workers employed in Canada by a Canadian manufacturer or any Canadian manufacturer may apply to the Board, in the manner specified by its rules, for certification of those persons or classes of persons who are eligible to apply for pre-retirement benefit.

  • (3) The Board shall not certify persons or classes of persons as eligible to apply for pre-retirement benefit unless an application has been made pursuant to subsection (2), it has carried out such investigation as it considers necessary for the purpose and, in its opinion,

    • (a) the work force of a Canadian manufacturer has been or will be reduced through lay-offs

      • (i) by 10 per cent of the employees or 50 employees, whichever is the lesser, of the manufacturer, and

      • (ii) for a period of at least four weeks; and

    • (b) the lay-offs referred to in paragraph (a) are directly attributable to import competition that resulted in

      • (i) an increase in the market share in Canada of footwear produced by manufacturing or processing activities outside Canada, and

      • (ii) a decline in the production of footwear by a manufacturer.

  • (4) The Board shall not certify persons or classes of persons as eligible to apply for a pre-retirement benefit in respect of a lay-off that occurred before January 1, 1976 or after December 31, 1982 where, in the opinion of the Board, the lay-off was directly attributable to import competition that resulted in

    • (a) an increase in the market share in Canada of footwear produced by manufacturing or processing activities outside Canada; and

    • (b) a decline in the production of footwear by a manufacturer.

  • SOR/79-283, s. 2;
  • SOR/79-624, s. 2;
  • SOR/80-463, s. 1;
  • SOR/81-59, s. 1;
  • SOR/81-1020, s. 1.

Eligibility for Pre-retirement Benefit

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (1.1) and (2), a pre-retirement benefit may be paid by the Commission out of monies appropriated by Parliament for the purpose in an amount calculated in accordance with these Regulations to an employee who is a resident of Canada if the Commission is satisfied that

    • (a) an application for a benefit under the Act has been made and any benefit entitlement thereunder has been exhausted;

    • (b) a pre-retirement benefit period in respect of the employee has been established pursuant to section 5;

    • (c) the employee has not attained the age of 65 years; and

    • (d) the employee is not eligible to receive a retirement pension under the Canada Pension Plan or the Quebec Pension Plan.

  • (1.1) The Commission shall not pay a pre-retirement benefit in respect of any period prior to April 1, 1979 to any person or group of persons whose certification pursuant to subsection 3(3) occurred on or after that date.

  • (2) Payments of pre-retirement benefit to an employee pursuant to subsection (1) shall be suspended for such time as the certification referred to in paragraph 5(c) is suspended pursuant to section 6, in respect of that employee.

  • SOR/79-283, s. 3;
  • SOR/79-624, s. 3.
 
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