An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (sickness benefits)
This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.
Scott Simms Liberal
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
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This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act by reducing the number of hours of insurable employment required to qualify for benefits because of illness, injury or quarantine to 420 and increasing the maximum benefit period for illness, injury or quarantine to 30 weeks.
Employment Insurance Act
October 5th, 2011 / 3:15 p.m.
Scott Simms Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-324, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (sickness benefits).
Mr. Speaker, there seems to be an injustice that just does not want to correct itself and the government does not seem to want to move on this.
The bill deals with sickness benefits pertaining to EI benefits. Under normal circumstances, if people lose their job, through no fault of their own, they would get benefits that extend up to about 50 weeks in areas of high unemployment. With respect to sickness benefits, people need not just 420 hours to qualify, which are normally required, but they need 600 hours, which creates that discrepancy. On the other side, benefits only stretch up to about 15 weeks. My bill would extend that beyond the 15 week period.
Let us face it, if people are sick to the point where they need EI on a longer term basis, 15 weeks is severely insufficient.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)