Social Security Tribunal
Welcome Message from SST Chairperson
April 3, 2013
Welcome to the new Social Security Tribunal website!
It is with great pleasure that the new Social Security Tribunal (SST) has officially begun its operations. The SST was created as an independent administrative tribunal that provides efficient, effective and independent appeal processes for Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Old Age Security (OAS) decisions. It simplifies and streamlines the appeal processes by offering a single point of contact for submitting an appeal.
As the Tribunal's Chairperson, I am committed to ensuring that the appeal processes are fair, transparent and impartial for all appellants and Canadians.
As of April 1, 2013, all appeals for Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Old Age Security (OAS) must be submitted to the SST. The first year will be a transition period. During this time, the SST will consider all new appeals while the former tribunals gradually finalize their operations. Appeals filed with the Office of the Commissioner of the Review Tribunals (OCRT), the Pension Appeals Board (PAB) and the Office of the Umpire (OU) which have not been heard by April 1, 2013 have been transferred to the SST. The Employment Insurance Board of Referees will continue to hear appeals filed before April 1, 2013, and will issue decisions on these appeals no later than October 31, 2013.
On April 1, 2014 the SST will be the only body hearing and deciding first and second level appeals for EI, CPP and OAS.
The SST website will evolve as more information becomes available.
Social Security Tribunal
The Social Security Tribunal (SST) is an independent administrative tribunal that provides a fair and impartial quasi-judicial appeals process under the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act. The SST operates at arm's length from Employment and Social Development Canada.
The SST includes two levels of appeals:
- The General Division (first level of appeal) includes an Employment Insurance Section for Employment Insurance appeals and an Income Security Section for Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security appeals.
- The Appeal Division (second level of appeal) decides appeals of decisions made by the General Division.
This website is designed to support individuals who wish to participate in the SST appeal process for one of the programs mentioned above.