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

Act current to 2022-01-12 and last amended on 2021-06-29. 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 5Social Security Tribunal

Establishment and Administration

Marginal note:Establishment of Tribunal

  •  (1) There is established a tribunal to be known as the Social Security Tribunal, consisting of a General Division and an Appeal Division.

  • Marginal note:General Division

    (2) The General Division consists of the Income Security Section and the Employment Insurance Section.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 44, 83
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Composition

  •  (1) The Tribunal consists of full-time and part-time members to be appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Chairperson and Vice-chairpersons

    (2) The Governor in Council designates one of the full-time members to hold office as the Chairperson and three full-time members to hold office as Vice-chairpersons, one of whom is responsible for the Appeal Division, one of whom is responsible for the Income Security Section and one of whom is responsible for the Employment Insurance Section.

  • (3) [Repealed, 2014, c. 39, s. 252]

  • Marginal note:Mandate

    (4) Each full-time member of the Tribunal is to be appointed for a term of not more than five years, and each part-time member is to be appointed for a term of not more than two years. A member may be reappointed for one or more additional terms.

  • Marginal note:Tenure

    (5) Each member of the Tribunal holds office during good behaviour and may be removed for cause by the Governor in Council at any time.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 45, 83
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224
  • 2014, c. 39, s. 252

Marginal note:Vice-chairpersons

  •  (1) Each Vice-chairperson exercises any powers and performs any duties and functions that the Chairperson may assign.

  • Marginal note:Members

    (2) Each member exercises any powers and performs any duties and functions that the Vice-chairperson who is responsible for the Division or Section for which they hear matters may assign.

  • Marginal note:Assignment

    (3) Subject to section 47, the Chairperson may assign members to hear matters in the Appeal Division, the Income Security Section or the Employment Insurance Section.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 46, 83
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Employment Insurance Section

 The Minister must consult a committee composed of the Chairperson of the Tribunal and the commissioners referred to in paragraphs 20(2)(c) and (d) before recommending to the Governor in Council any person to be appointed as a member of the Tribunal who may hear matters in the Employment Insurance Section.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 47, 83
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Full-time occupation

  •  (1) Each full-time member of the Tribunal must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Part-time members

    (2) A part-time member of the Tribunal must not accept or hold any office or employment inconsistent with their duties under this Act.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 48, 83
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Remuneration

  •  (1) Each member of the Tribunal is paid the remuneration fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — full-time members

    (2) Each full-time member of the Tribunal is entitled to be paid reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by them while absent from their ordinary place of work in the course of performing their duties under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — part-time members

    (3) Each part-time member of the Tribunal is entitled to be paid reasonable travel and living expenses incurred by them while absent from their ordinary place of residence in the course of performing their duties under this Act.

  • Marginal note:Federal public administration

    (4) Members of the Tribunal are deemed to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and any regulations made under section 9 of the Aeronautics Act.

  • Marginal note:Not employed in public service

    (5) Unless the Governor in Council otherwise orders in a class of cases, members of the Tribunal are deemed not to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 49
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Immunity

 No civil proceedings lie against any member of the Tribunal 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 Tribunal.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 50
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Absence — Chairperson

  •  (1) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Vice-chairperson of the Appeal Division acts as Chairperson and may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Absence — other

    (2) If subsection (1) does not apply owing to the absence or incapacity of the Vice-chairperson of the Appeal Division, or if the office of Vice-chairperson of the Appeal Division is vacant, the Minister may authorize another Vice-chairperson to act as Chairperson and that Vice-chairperson may exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

  • Marginal note:Absence — Vice-chairperson

    (3) In the event of the absence or incapacity of a Vice-chairperson or if the office of a Vice-chairperson is vacant, the Chairperson may authorize a member to act, on any terms and conditions that the Chairperson may specify, as Vice-chairperson for the time being.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 51, 82(E)
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Organization of Tribunal

Appeal to Tribunal — General Division

Marginal note:Appeal — time limit

  •  (1) An appeal of a decision must be brought to the General Division in the prescribed form and manner and within,

    • (a) in the case of a decision made under the Employment Insurance Act, 30 days after the day on which it is communicated to the appellant; and

    • (b) in any other case, 90 days after the day on which the decision is communicated to the appellant.

  • Marginal note:Extension

    (2) The General Division may allow further time within which an appeal may be brought, but in no case may an appeal be brought more than one year after the day on which the decision is communicated to the appellant.

  • 2005, c. 34, ss. 52, 82(E)
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Dismissal

  •  (1) The General Division must summarily dismiss an appeal if it is satisfied that it has no reasonable chance of success.

  • Marginal note:Decision

    (2) The General Division must give written reasons for its decision and send copies to the appellant and the Minister or the Commission, as the case may be, and any other party.

  • Marginal note:Appeal

    (3) The appellant may appeal the decision to the Appeal Division.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 53
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Decision

  •  (1) The General Division may dismiss the appeal or confirm, rescind or vary a decision of the Minister or the Commission in whole or in part or give the decision that the Minister or the Commission should have given.

  • Marginal note:Reasons

    (2) The General Division must give written reasons for its decision and send copies to the appellant and the Minister or the Commission, as the case may be, and any other party.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 54
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Appeal Division

Marginal note:Appeal

 Any decision of the General Division may be appealed to the Appeal Division by any person who is the subject of the decision and any other prescribed person.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 55
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Leave

  •  (1) An appeal to the Appeal Division may only be brought if leave to appeal is granted.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Despite subsection (1), no leave is necessary in the case of an appeal brought under subsection 53(3).

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 56
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Appeal — time limit

  •  (1) An application for leave to appeal must be made to the Appeal Division in the prescribed form and manner and within,

    • (a) in the case of a decision made by the Employment Insurance Section, 30 days after the day on which it is communicated to the appellant; and

    • (b) in the case of a decision made by the Income Security Section, 90 days after the day on which the decision is communicated to the appellant.

  • Marginal note:Extension

    (2) The Appeal Division may allow further time within which an application for leave to appeal is to be made, but in no case may an application be made more than one year after the day on which the decision is communicated to the appellant.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 57
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224

Marginal note:Grounds of appeal

  •  (1) The only grounds of appeal are that

    • (a) the General Division failed to observe a principle of natural justice or otherwise acted beyond or refused to exercise its jurisdiction;

    • (b) the General Division erred in law in making its decision, whether or not the error appears on the face of the record; or

    • (c) the General Division based its decision on an erroneous finding of fact that it made in a perverse or capricious manner or without regard for the material before it.

  • Marginal note:Criteria

    (2) Leave to appeal is refused if the Appeal Division is satisfied that the appeal has no reasonable chance of success.

  • Marginal note:Decision

    (3) The Appeal Division must either grant or refuse leave to appeal.

  • Marginal note:Reasons

    (4) The Appeal Division must give written reasons for its decision to grant or refuse leave and send copies to the appellant and any other party.

  • Marginal note:Leave granted

    (5) If leave to appeal is granted, the application for leave to appeal becomes the notice of appeal and is deemed to have been filed on the day on which the application for leave to appeal was filed.

  • 2005, c. 34, s. 58
  • 2012, c. 19, s. 224
 
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