An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (qualifying period)

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Monique Pauzé  Bloc

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


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of Oct. 17, 2016
(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 extend the qualifying period when a person has received special benefits during the fifty-two weeks before the interruption of earnings.


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Employment Insurance ActRoutine Proceedings

October 17th, 2016 / 3:10 p.m.
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Monique Pauzé Bloc Repentigny, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-314, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (qualifying period).

Mr. Speaker, if they lose their jobs, mothers who took maternity or parental leave do not have a sufficient number of hours accumulated upon their return to work to be eligible for employment insurance benefits, and because the Quebec plan is more generous and works so well, more Quebec mothers fail to qualify for employment insurance.

It is shameful that women who lose their jobs are left without a cent simply because they gave birth. This constitutes indirect discrimination against women, and the government has an obligation to take action and intervene. That is why, today, the Bloc Québécois is introducing a bill to put an end to this prejudice.

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