Social Security Tribunal of Canada

Employment Insurance Appeal Division: How to appeal

Asking for permission to appeal

The form asks you to explain why you think the General Division made a mistake based on a ground of appeal. This is where you give the “reasons for your appeal.” At this stage, you need to convince the Appeal Division to allow your appeal to go ahead. This is called getting leave (or permission) to appeal. You have to show the Appeal Division that you have an argument that could possibly succeed. 


There’s no fee to appeal to the Social Security Tribunal (SST).

But you may have to pay costs related to your appeal if you:

  • make photocopies of documents you want to send to us 
  • send documents to us by Canada Post or a courier service
  • hire a representative
  • translate documents into either English or French
  • travel to an in-person hearing

In very rare cases, if you must attend a hearing, you may be able to get reimbursed for travel expenses, living expenses or lost income. The SST chairperson decides if there are special reasons that justify a reimbursement under section 63 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act. Learn about these special situations in our policy on reimbursement of expenses and payment of allowances.

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