Questions and Answers for members currently in receipt of regular Employment Insurance benefits on: 

  •  Reporting the COVID-19 Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant (the “Relief Grant”) to Service Canada;   and 

  • what to do if your EI regular benefits are stopped and/or clawed back. 

 

When reporting the Relief Grant to Service Canada provide the following information: 
 

  • IUOE Local 793 established the COVID-19 Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant benefit of $250 per week to assist union members and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. 
     

  • The payment comes from the IUOE Local 793 Life and Health Benefits trust. 
     

  • The benefit is a “relief grant” as described under section 35(7)(c) of the Employment Insurance Regulations and as such does not reduce EI entitlements 

What should I do if Service Canada stops paying my EI Regular Benefits because I reported I am receiving the Relief Grant?


Contact Service Canada and inform officials at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in Ottawa are aware of the relief grant payments. Inform the Service Canada Agent that IUOE Local 793 established the COVID-19 Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant benefit of $250 per week to assist union members and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Inform the Service Canada Agent the payment comes from the IUOE Local 793 Life and Health Benefits Trust. It is our position the COVID-19 Local 793 Emergency Relief Grant benefit is a "relief grant" as described under section 35(7)(c) of the Employment Insurance Regulations and as such should not reduce your EI entitlements.




What should I do if Service Canada claws back (reduces) my EI Regular Benefits?


If your EI Regular Benefits are clawed back or reduced after reporting the Relief Grant contact Nella Paris of IUOE Local 793 immediately in one of the following ways and she will assist you with requesting a reconsideration: E-mail: nparis@iuoelocal793.org Telephone – 905-469-9299 Ext 2231 or toll free 1-877-793-4863 Ext 2231





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