Bill C-291

An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits)

This bill was tabled by Denis Coderre on Sept. 29, 2011.

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  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-291 under private members' business.

    Feb. 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House resumed from February 13 consideration of the motion that Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 132
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
    • Against 100%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    Feb. 15, 2012
  • Photo of Yvon Godin
    Yvon Godin spoke about Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak to Bill C-291, which would amend the Employment Insurance Act to extend the maximum period for which special benefits for illness, injury or quarantine may be paid from 15 weeks to 50 weeks. It also eliminates the two-week waiting period when special benefits for illness, injury or quarantine are paid. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère
    Alain Giguère spoke about Employment Insurance Act

    I am rising to speak to Bill C-291. It is a good bill that everyone is asking us to pass. All members of the House, no matter what their political affiliation, have had to face the same situation: people are knocking at our doors asking for this help. It would be interesting, for once, to set aside all partisanship and really tackle the problem. It is important for the House to pause and study employment insurance and benefits for those suffering from a serious illness or injury. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-291. I congratulate the member for Bourassa for putting the bill forward. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Employment Insurance Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Private Members’ Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to speak today about Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act , which was introduced a few weeks ago by the hon. member for Bourassa. This bill is extremely important since it is designed to change the way the current employment insurance system works, particularly for people with serious illnesses. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members’ Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House resumed from November 22, 2011, consideration of the motion that Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Madam Speaker, I am honoured to talk about Bill C-291. I appreciate the bill from the hon. member from the opposite side. For myself, there have been severe cancer issues in my own family. I have a family member with lung cancer. It has made it very difficult for that person to work and so on. Also, in my little block alone in Burlington, Ontario, there are three women with MS. The issues are very familiar to me, not just as a member of Parliament, but to me personally. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to speak to Bill C-291. The member for Bourassa acknowledged, in presenting this bill, that New Democrats have been at this for a number of years. I know New Democrats have presented this bill in various forms, whether it was the member for Acadie—Bathurst or the former member, Dawn Black, from British Columbia. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Devinder Shory
    Devinder Shory spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to respond to the hon. member for Bourassa on Bill C-291 an act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits). ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Claude Patry
    Claude Patry spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Madam Speaker, I am addressing my dear colleagues today to urge them to support Bill C-291, which would create an employment insurance system that is fairer and more just for Canadian workers. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Denis Coderre
    Denis Coderre spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    moved that Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Private Members' Business

    Order, please. ... more

    Oct. 19, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Are there any questions or comments regarding Bill C-291? ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Denis Coderre
    Denis Coderre spoke about Routine Proceedings > Employment Insurance Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-291, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (waiting period and maximum special benefits). ... more

    Sept. 28, 2011,   Parliament