An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period for apprentices)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Ted Hsu  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of March 5, 2014
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act to remove the waiting period with respect to benefits paid to apprentices.


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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

March 5th, 2014 / 3:05 p.m.
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Ted Hsu Liberal Kingston and the Islands, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-578, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (removal of waiting period for apprentices).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to present a bill to amend the Employment Insurance Act. The bill is intended to remove the initial EI waiting period for the in-school training period for apprentices and to remove a disincentive for apprentices to complete their accreditation. I thank my colleague the member for Avalon for seconding the bill.

Apprentice training is a long process that ensures we have the skilled workforce that the economy needs. Right now, many apprentices start their training but do not technically finish because they are hired before being fully accredited. The system lacks incentives to return for the in-class portion of their training. For example, it takes over 6,000 hours, which is three years of 40-hour weeks, to complete an apprenticeship to be a baker. Much of this is crucial on-the-job training. However, there are two 12-week, in-school periods, and 150 hours of theoretical work to complete the apprenticeship and become an advanced baker-patissier. During these in-school periods, the apprentice is not paid. During the first of these periods, he or she still has to make it through the two-week waiting period before being eligible for employment insurance.

The bill builds on the Liberal Party's 2001 amendment that waived the subsequent waiting periods for apprentices, by also removing the first two-week waiting period for claimants enrolled in an apprenticeship program. I hope we will see more apprentices completing their programs, which will result in a more skilled and productive workforce.

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