Employment Insurance: our students can provide assistance

Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

During the Fall of 2019 and the Winter of 2020, University of Ottawa law students from the Civil Law and Common Law Sections would like to assist claimants appealing reconsideration decisions by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission who are not represented by a lawyer or other representative.

Students will guide claimants in the preparation of their Notice of Appeal and Letter of Appeal for Employment Insurance Appeals to the General Division of the Social Security Tribunal. Where possible, students may also assist claimants by acting as representatives for claimants in any eventual hearing that may take place.

Such assistance would be free of charge. However it would not amount to legal assistance. Moreover, assistance by students does not guarantee a successful outcome.

EI claimants interested in taking part in this program are asked to apply by sending their request for assistance, their e-mail and telephone contact information, and an electronic copy of the reconsideration decision by the Canadian Employment Insurance Commission refusing employment insurance benefits to:


We thank all claimants who apply, however, owing to the limited number of students participating in this project, we will not be able to assist all claimants. Consequently, all claimants who apply should not presume assistance will be provided and should continue to pursue their appeals as diligently as possible while awaiting a response.

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