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Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act (S.C. 2005, c. 34)

Assented to 2005-07-20

Marginal note:Programs

 The Minister of Labour may, in exercising the powers and performing the duties and functions assigned by subsection 18(2), establish and implement programs designed to support projects or other activities that promote safe, healthy, fair, stable, cooperative and productive workplaces, and the Minister may make grants and contributions in support of the programs.

PART 3CANADA EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION

Continuation of the Commission

Marginal note:Commission
  •  (1) The Canada Employment Insurance Commission, consisting of four commissioners to be appointed by the Governor in Council, is continued.

  • Marginal note:Commissioners

    (2) The four commissioners shall be

    • (a) the Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, who shall be the Chairperson of the Commission;

    • (b) an Associate Deputy Minister, who shall be the Vice-Chairperson of the Commission;

    • (c) a person appointed after consultation with organizations representative of workers; and

    • (d) a person appointed after consultation with organizations representative of employers.

  • Marginal note:Employment Insurance Canada

    (3) The expressions “Employment Insurance Canada” and “Assurance-emploi Canada” in any document issued or executed in relation to the matters set out in section 24 are deemed to be references to the “Canada Employment Insurance Commission” and the “Commission de l’assurance-emploi du Canada”, respectively.

Marginal note:Tenure, remuneration and conditions of office
  •  (1) Commissioners, other than the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson,

    • (a) shall be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during good behaviour for a term not exceeding five years but may be removed by the Governor in Council at any time for cause;

    • (b) are eligible for reappointment on the expiration of each term of office;

    • (c) shall receive the remuneration that is fixed by the Governor in Council;

    • (d) are deemed to be employed in the Public Service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act and to be employed in the public service of Canada for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and any regulations made pursuant to section 9 of the Aeronautics Act; and

    • (e) shall devote the whole of their time to the performance of the duties and functions of the office of commissioner and shall not accept or hold any office or employment or carry on any activity inconsistent with their duties and functions.

  • Marginal note:Tenure, remuneration and conditions of office — acting

    (2) In the event of the absence or incapacity of a commissioner other than the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson or if the office is vacant, the Governor in Council may designate a person to act as a commissioner for the period of the absence, incapacity or vacancy and the person so designated has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of a commissioner, unless the Governor in Council specifies otherwise.

Marginal note:Chairperson
  •  (1) The Chairperson of the Commission is the chief executive officer of the Commission. The Chairperson supervises the work of the Commission and presides at its meetings.

  • Marginal note:Vice-Chairperson

    (2) The Vice-Chairperson of the Commission exercises the powers and performs the duties and functions under the Chairperson that the Chairperson may specify.

  • Marginal note:Acting Chairperson

    (3) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Vice-Chairperson has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Acting Vice-Chairperson

    (4) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Vice-Chairperson, if the office of Vice-Chairperson is vacant or if the Vice-Chairperson is acting as Chairperson pursuant to subsection (3), the Governor in Council may designate a person to act as Vice-Chairperson for the period of the absence, incapacity or vacancy or the period during which the Vice-Chairperson is acting as Chairperson, and the person so designated has and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Vice-Chairperson, unless the Governor in Council specifies otherwise.

Marginal note:Voting

 The Vice-Chairperson may not vote at any meeting of the Commission unless the Vice-Chairperson is acting for or on behalf of the Chairperson.

Powers, Duties and Functions of the Commission

Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions of the Commission
  •  (1) The Commission shall exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions

    • (a) that are required by the Minister or by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament in relation to employment insurance, employment services and the development and utilization of labour market resources; and

    • (b) that are required by order of the Governor in Council or by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament in relation to other matters.

  • Marginal note:Agreements with other countries

    (2) With the approval by order of the Governor in Council, the Commission may, notwithstanding any other Act of Parliament, enter into agreements with the governments of other countries to establish reciprocal arrangements relating to any matter set out in subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Directions to Commission

    (3) The Commission shall comply with any directions given to it from time to time by the Minister respecting the exercise of its powers or the performance of its duties and functions.

Marginal note:Rules
  •  (1) The Commission may make rules respecting the calling of meetings of the Commission and generally respecting the conduct of its business.

  • Marginal note:Minutes of meetings

    (2) Minutes shall be recorded of all formal meetings of the Commission.

Marginal note:Agent of Her Majesty
  •  (1) The Commission is a body corporate and is for all purposes an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada and it may exercise its powers only as an agent of Her Majesty in that right.

  • Marginal note:Contracts

    (2) The Commission may, on behalf of Her Majesty in right of Canada, enter into contracts in the name of Her Majesty or in the name of the Commission.

Organization and Operation of the Commission

Marginal note:Head office
  •  (1) The head office of the Commission shall be in the National Capital Region as described in the schedule to the National Capital Act or at any other place in Canada that may be designated by order of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Residence of commissioners

    (2) Each commissioner shall reside in the National Capital Region or at the place designated by the Governor in Council under subsection (1), or within reasonable commuting distance of that region or place.

Marginal note:Staff
  •  (1) The officers and employees necessary for the proper conduct of the business of the Commission shall be employees of the Department.

  • Marginal note:Agents

    (2) The Commission may enter into contracts with agents in or for locations where the Commission considers it desirable to do so.

  • Marginal note:Delegation

    (3) The Commission may authorize any person or body, or member of a class of persons or bodies, to exercise powers or perform duties and functions of or delegated to the Commission, and any such authorized person or body or class of persons or bodies may exercise specified powers or perform specified duties and functions.

Audit

Marginal note:Audit by Auditor General

 The Auditor General of Canada shall annually audit the accounts and financial transactions of the Commission for the previous fiscal year. The Auditor General shall also audit the Employment Insurance Account established by section 71 of the Employment Insurance Act, and a report of that audit shall be made to the Minister.

PART 4PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) The following definitions apply in this Part.

    “administration”

    « mise en oeuvre »

    “administration”, in respect of programs, includes development, operation and evaluation.

    “federal institution”

    « institution fédérale »

    “federal institution” means a department or any other body referred to in a schedule to the Financial Administration Act.

    “information”

    « renseignements »

    “information” means personal information as defined in section 3 of the Privacy Act, except that the portion of that definition between paragraphs (i) and (j) shall be read as “but, for the purposes of this Part, does not include”.

    “program”

    « programme »

    “program”, except in subsection (2), means any program the administration or enforcement of which is the responsibility of the Minister or the Commission and includes any legislation, policy or activity the administration or enforcement of which is their responsibility.

    “public officer”

    « fonctionnaire public »

    “public officer” means an officer or employee of a federal institution, a prescribed individual or a member of a prescribed class of individuals.

  • Marginal note:Interpretation

    (2) For the purposes of this Part, a reference to the Minister includes the Minister of Labour in respect of any program, legislation, policy or activity the administration or enforcement of which is the responsibility of the Minister of Labour.

  • Marginal note:Exclusion

    (3) This Part does not apply to the making available of information referred to in subsection 139(5) of the Employment Insurance Act.

 
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