OTTAWA, Oct. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced the appointment of Pierre Laliberté to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as the Commissioner for Workers for a term of 3 years, effective October 3, 2017. Mr. Laliberté was first appointed last fall as the interim Commissioner for Workers.
The Commissioner for Workers is responsible for representing the views of organizations and individuals that are affected by Employment and Social Development Canada programs and services, particularly Employment Insurance. By consulting stakeholders, the Commissioner is able to convey their concerns and positions regarding the administration of legislation, policy development and program delivery.
Before serving the interests of workers in his current role as the interim Commissioner for Workers, Mr. Laliberté worked as an executive assistant to the President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) as well as an economist for that organization, where he represented the Congress both nationally and internationally. Prior to that, he worked as an economist with the International Labour Office in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was the editor for the research publication International Journal of Labour Research. Furthermore, he has a broad familiarity with labour issues having worked with unions—both the United Steel Workers of America and the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec. Mr. Laliberté has been an active member of many advisory boards and holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts.
This appointment is part of the rigorous new approach for open, transparent and merit-based Governor in Council appointments.
- The Commission has three voting members, representing the interests of government, workers and employers.
- For more than 75 years, this tripartite organization has included representation from business, labour and the Government of Canada.
- The Commissioner for Workers and the Commissioner for Employers are appointed by the Governor in Council. They are mandated to represent and reflect the views of their respective constituencies.
The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) plays a key role in overseeing the EI program, reviewing and approving policies related to program administration and delivery. EI program operations are carried out—on behalf of the CEIC—by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), which also includes Service Canada. In addition, the CEIC makes regulations under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act, with the approval of the Governor in Council.
The CEIC also has the legislated mandate to annually monitor and assess the EI program. To do this, the CEIC oversees a research agenda that supports the preparation of its annual Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report. At the end of each fiscal year, the CEIC presents the report to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, who then tables it in Parliament.
In another key role, the CEIC contributes to the financial transparency of the EI system. Annually, it commissions an EI premium report from the Chief Actuary, prepares a summary report and conveys both reports to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Finance, also for tabling in Parliament. The CEIC also sets the annual maximum insurable earnings and the EI premium rate, according to legislative requirements.
The CEIC advises which EI appeal decisions will be submitted for judicial review by the Federal Court of Appeal. Additionally, the two Commissioners, the Commissioner for Workers and the Commissioner for Employers, serve in a tripartite committee with the Chair of the Social Security Tribunal. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development consults this committee before recommending to the Governor in Council any person to be appointed as a member of the Social Security Tribunal who may hear matters in the EI Section.
The CEIC has four members, three of whom are voting members representing the interests of workers, employers and government.
They have responsibilities to represent and reflect the views of their respective constituencies, reflecting internally, within ESDC, the concerns and positions of workers and employers on policy development and program delivery related to EI and the labour market. To do this, they establish working relationships and engage in consultations with private-sector organizations and individuals interested in and affected by ESDC programs and services, particularly with regard to EI. The Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development, representing government, acts as the Chairperson of the CEIC, while the Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development acts as the Vice-Chairperson and has voting privileges only when acting on behalf of the Chairperson.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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