Supplementary Unemployment Benefits (SUB)

Effective: January 1, 2017

The SUB Plan tops up the income of members who are receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits due to an illness or injury, shortage of work, attendance at a trade school or a maternity / parental leave.

How is the SUB Plan funded

The SUB Plan is funded through employer contributions.  Employers contribute 20 cents for each hour earned and that you are paid (referred to as a SUB hour)

Eligibility for SUB Benefits

To qualify for benefits, you need to have earned at least 1,800 SUB hours during the previous 24 months.  You must also be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits (or be completing the two week waiting period) AND

  1. have signed the out-of-work list at the local union office and be available for work           OR
  2. have signed the out of work list at the local union office and be attending trade school or a government sponsored or JATC approved training course related to your trade           OR
  3. be unable to work due to an illness or injury that is not related to work and for which you are not receiving Local 67 short term disability benefits           OR
  4. be on maternity or parental leave                                                                                                                                                                                                         

To re-qualify for subsequent SUB claims   

  1. You need to have earned 600 SUB hours during the last 12 months.
  2. If your new claim is within 12 months of the start of your last claim and if your last claim was paid for less than the full 10 week benefit period, you'll receive a  weekly benefit for the balance of the 10 week period (provided you continue to meet eligibility requirements)
  3. Once you've received benefits for the full 10 week benefit period you can't make another claim until the following calendar year (January)

A retired member who is already received (or who has received) retirement benefits from any UA sponsored pension plan, is NOT eligible for SUB benefits.

SUB Benefit Level

You will receive $150 each week for up to a maximum of 10 weeks per calendar year.  You cannot receive more then $1,500 in a calendar year.

Benefit payments will stop as soon as you return to work or stop receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.  Payments will stop even if you have not yet reached the $1,500 maximum.

Making a Claim

You will need to print out you payment details from Service Canada that details the weeks of Employment Insurance benefits you were paid for.  You must submit your EI statement within 90 of the date you receive your EI payment.  Failure to do so will result in your SUB claim being denied.