Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC)

The main role of the CEIC is to assist Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) in managing the Employment Insurance (EI) Program. It is a tripartite organization with representation from business, labour and the Government of Canada.


The EI Commission is responsible for:

  • supporting the EI appeal system;
  • making regulations with the approval of the Governor in Council;
  • reviewing and approving policies related to EI program administration and delivery; and
  • continuing development of the EI Monitoring and Assessment report as a permanent annual report.

The Commission performs duties and functions in relation, but not limited to:

  • employment insurance;
  • employment services; and
  • the development and utilization of labour market resources.


The Commission has four members, representing the interests of government, workers and employers.

The Commissioner for Workers and the Commissioner for Employers are appointed by the Governor in Council for terms of up to five years. They are mandated to represent and reflect the views of their respective constituencies.

  • Commissioner for Workers: Ms. Mary-Lou Donnelly

    Ms. Mary-Lou Donnelly was appointed to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as the Commissioner for Workers effective January 16, 2012.

    Ms. Donnelly is a former president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. In addition, she is the founding member of the Coalition Against Workplace Violence, which includes the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union and the Nova Scotia Canadian Union of Public Employees. In this role, Ms. Donnelly helped bring about legislation to protect against emotional, verbal, and physical violence in the workplace. She has a keen interest in social justice issues from both a national and an international perspective, especially with respect to child poverty, human trafficking, and women’s issues.

    Ms. Donnelly holds degrees from Acadia University (Bachelor of Arts), Dalhousie University (Bachelor of Education), and Saint Mary’s University (Master of Arts), and has over 30 years experience in teaching and administration.

  • Commissioner for Employers: Judith Andrew

    Ms. Judith Andrew was appointed to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as the Commissioner for Employers effective January 8, 2011.

    Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Employers, she was the Vice-President of Legislative Affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), where she coordinated regional legislative projects and urban strategy, and previously headed up the Ontario Legislative group. Ms. Andrew also served as a member of the Ontario Manufacturing Council and twice represented Canadian employers at the International Labour Organization (ILO) through the Canadian Employers Council. Prior to joining the CFIB, Ms. Andrew pursued a management career in the banking industry.

    Ms. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University/exchange Laval University.

The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are respectively the Deputy Minister and Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and who represent the interests of government.

Consultation and Engagement

The two Commissioners, for employers and workers, establish and maintain consultations and working relationships with a variety of private sector organizations and individuals that are clients of, or affected by, HRSDC programs and services, particularly with regard to EI. These relationships fulfill the representational responsibilities of the Commissioners and enable them to reflect internally the concerns and positions of the private sector regarding the administration of legislation, policy development and implementation, and program delivery.