An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (labour dispute)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Guy André  Bloc

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 9, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to change the way in which the qualifying period and the beginning of the benefit period are calculated in the case of a stoppage of work attributable to a labour dispute.


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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

March 9th, 2009 / 3:05 p.m.
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Guy André Bloc Berthier—Maskinongé, QC

moved for leave to introduce C-336, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (labour dispute).

Mr. Speaker, I wish to table this bill as the current economic crisis is causing the loss of thousands of jobs throughout Quebec. The federal government must support workers who are losing their jobs. To that end, the Bloc Québécois is proposing a number of measures to help these individuals, such as the improvement of and increase in access to employment insurance.

I am certainly proud of this retroactive bill, which will make it possible for individuals who have lost their jobs as a result of a labour dispute, whether a lock-out or a strike, to become eligible for employment insurance benefits. Individuals who lose their jobs after a long labour dispute do not accumulate the hours of employment required to qualify for employment insurance. Henceforth, eligibility will be based on the number of weeks worked prior to the dispute in question, no matter how long it lasted.

Therefore, this bill will correct a serious shortcoming in the Employment Insurance Act. I urge all members to vote in favour of this bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)