New and renewed Social Security Tribunal members

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

March 7, 2019 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced the appointment of five members to the Social Security Tribunal of Canada (Tribunal).

The new member of the General Division – Income Security is:

  • Jean Lazure – Part-time Appointment 2 years

The reappointed members of the General Division – Income Security are:

  • Nicole Zwiers – Part-time Reappointment 2 years
  • Adam Picotte – Part-time Reappointment 2 years
  • Jacqueline Laidlaw – Part-time Reappointment 2 years

The reappointed member of the Appeal Division is:

  • Shirley Netten – Part-time Reappointment 2 years

The Tribunal has the mandate to hear and make decisions on appeals of reconsideration decisions that were made by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission. The Tribunal renders fair and impartial decisions on appeals regarding the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and Employment Insurance (EI) claims for benefits.

These appointments were made under the Government of Canada’s new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflect Canada’s diversity, to support Ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals.

“I am pleased to announce one new member, and four reappointments, to the Social Security Tribunal of Canada. I have every confidence that these experienced and talented members will deliver just outcomes for Canadians during the recourse process.”

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • The Social Security Tribunal began its operations on April 1, 2013.

  • The Social Security Tribunal is made up of two levels of appeal. The first level is the General Division, which contains an Employment Insurance Section and an Income Security Section for Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security appeals, respectively. The second level is the Appeal Division.

  • Full-time members are appointed for terms of up to five years and part-time members for up to two years.

  • The Government of Canada is developing a comprehensive action plan to improve the recourse processes by making them client-centric, faster and simpler.

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