On April 1, 2013, the federal government launched the new Social Security Tribunal, which aims to simplify the process of appealing government decisions related to benefits under the Employment Insurance Act, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Act.
This initiative was created through the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, which received royal assent on June 29, 2012. The Act amended Part 5 of the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act to establish the Social Security Tribunal (SST). The SST is an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers that provides an independent appeal process and replaces the four separate tribunals that currently hear social security appeals:
- The Board of Referees: Employment Insurance (EI) client first level of appeal
- The Employment Insurance Umpires: EI client second level of appeal
- The Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunals: Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) client first level of appeal
- The Pension Appeals Board (PAB): CPP client second level of appeal
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