Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Client satisfaction survey – April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021

General Division (Employment Insurance and Income Security) and Appeal Division survey results

Overall satisfaction: 93%

Appeal type Satisfaction Response rate Participants
Employment Insurance ( EI ) 94% 67% 204
Income Security ( IS ) 92% 52% 96
Appeal Division ( AD )1 85% 46% 16

Were forms, letters and emails easy to understand? 

Employment Insurance Income Security Appeal Division Combined
92% 96% 88% 93%
  • Comments indicated that appellants found the forms too long and full of legal terms which were difficult for them to understand
  • Several commenters suggested that the volume of emails and letters made it difficult to read through and understand important takeaways


  • [Translated] “The documents are hard to understand because I might have a general understanding, but not necessarily a legal understanding, which needs help from a legal standpoint. The problem is this costs money. Free help to guide us at the beginning of an appeal would be appreciated, thanks.” (Appellant, Appeal Division – Employment Insurance)
  • “I evaluate it at 5/10, due to too many emails, and you should have a one page document to explain which documents will be looked at the hearing, thank you.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)

Before the hearing, did you know what to expect and how to prepare? 

Employment Insurance Income Security Appeal Division Combined
88% 88% 75% 87%
  • Commenters continued to highlight a lack of knowledge about the structure of a hearing and about what documents to prepare
  • Many commenters requested the addition of a phone call prior to their hearing to explain the process, indicating that many people were unreachable by phone. Some who did receive their call found it helpful


  • [Translated] “I didn’t know what to expect, it was difficult, thanks.” (Appellant, General Division – Income Security)
  • “I did not sleep the night before the hearing. You should have a one page document that tells us what to expect, and someone to call us about it, thank you.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)

Were you able to participate fully, for example: answer questions, correct errors and explain your case? 

Employment Insurance Income Security Appeal Division Combined
97% 91% 94% 95%
  • Several commenters stated that lack of knowledge about how the hearing would proceed hindered participation
  • Many commenters described the Members as helpful and understanding


  • “I felt it was the first time someone was really listening to what I had to say. I was very comfortable with the adjudicator.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)
  • “It is an emotional process….if I understood the overall process I would have done a better job. Perhaps a layout of the process could go online.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)

Did the SST handle your appeal quickly? 

Employment Insurance Income Security Appeal Division Combined
96% 84% 75% 91%
  • While commenters continue to find the overall appeal process very long, several General Division – Employment Insurance appellants noted that they found the SST very quick in communicating and scheduling the hearing


  • “From start to finish it was long but towards the end it was fairly quick.” (Appellant, General Division – Income Security)
  • “The whole process has been long. Disability files should be expedited, they should be done within weeks or a month.” (Appellant, General Division – Income Security)

Were you happy with the form of hearing? 

pie chart of teleconference and zoom percentages
  • Many technical difficulties were reported in comments Specifically:
    • Low sound level (teleconference)
    • Difficulty logging in (videoconference)
  • Commenters continue to express a preference for an in-person hearing, if the option were available


  • [Translation] “I got disconnected 3 times while waiting for the [SST] member, can you do something to prevent this, thanks.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance – Teleconference)
  • “The audio was poor, and the member had to repeat herself several times.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance – Teleconference)

Did you visit the website? Was it easy to find what you were looking for?

pie chart of visits to Tribunal website
  • Commenters who did not use the website remarked that they were not aware of the website (23%), did not have access to a computer or the internet (16%), or felt they already had all the necessary paperwork (56%)
  • Website users commonly found information difficult to locate


  • “I never knew [the website] existed because no one told me about it.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)
  • “I needed help to find the form on your website, thank you.” (Appellant, General Division – Employment Insurance)

Was your Navigator helpful in getting you ready for your hearing?

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    62 navigated appellants responded to the survey in Quarter 1. The April to June data shows:

    • 90% of Navigated appellants were satisfied with their hearing experience overall.
    • 95% of respondents were satisfied with their Navigator.
    • Navigated appellants rated high levels of satisfaction (85%-100%) on all questions.


    • “The Navigator was really helpful from the start of the appeal until the hearing, thank you.” (Appellant, General Division – Income Security)
    • “He talked more about the procedure, not about getting ready. You really do need a lawyer, someone on their own really can't deal with this. It's a fight between lawyers. It's a legal case.” (Appellant, Appeal Division – Employment Insurance)
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