Employment Insurance Appeals Consultative Committee (EIACC)
Mandate and operation of the Committee
- The EIACC is a vehicle for exchanging information and to address issues of mutual concern. However, this does not include discussion of the substantive merits of individual appeals or discussion of matters that are properly the exclusive responsibility of members to decide in their capacity as independent adjudicators.
- Specifically, it is a forum that:
- enables the SST to advise members of its organizational priorities;
- enables the SST to consult members on proposed changes to its operations or policies, as appropriate, in order to ensure that SST decisions are informed by the perspectives of the users of its adjudicative systems;
- enables members to provide comment and advice on current and emerging issues relating to the SST’s operations as they affect the people who use its adjudicative systems;
- enables members to provide comment and advice on the SST’s approach to engagement and communication about its work, including its forms, informational material, and the publication of its decisions.
- Biannual national meetings take place in the fall and in the spring, and are presided over by the SST Chairperson, or the Chairperson’s delegate. The EIACC may also meet on an ad hoc basis to discuss specific policy initiatives or matters of concern.
- The SST will consult with EIACC members in order to prepare meeting agendas.
- The SST’s Policy, Outreach, Accountability and Innovation Directorate provides secretarial services for the SST’s stakeholder engagement process.
Membership of the Committee
Social Security Tribunal
- Vice-Chairperson, General Division – Employment Insurance
- Vice-Chairperson, Appeal Division
- Executive Director
- General Counsel
- Director, Registry Operations
The membership from the external stakeholder community consists of at least 6 representatives from organizations that use the SST’s adjudicative systems (lawyers, paralegals, lay representatives, non-governmental organizations or community groups, employer associations). The external stakeholder group should be representative of diverse perspectives (for example: geographic, gender balance, worker and employer interests, linguistic profile).
The membership from Employment and Social Development Canada consists of a maximum of 2 representatives who work on policy or legal issues directly related to the SST or who appear as counsel before the SST.
To the extent possible, the external stakeholder group should be representative of diverse perspectives (for example, geographic, gender balance and identity (2SLGBTQI+), linguistic profile, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and diverse socio economic communities).
The SST’s Corporate Management Directorate will perform secretariat functions in support of the EIACC.