Keeping your appeal moving: COVID-19 measures

To keep everyone safe, we have made some changes to the way we deliver our services and help Canadians access their benefits. Our tribunal members could already work from home before physical distancing rules came into effect, so much of our operations were already based around that system. As a result, we’ve been able to keep many hearings going and to continue to issue decisions.

On this page


To maintain physical distancing, we’re not holding in-person hearings right now. Videoconference hearings that were scheduled to take place at Service Canada Centres aren’t taking place either.

If you selected an in-person or videoconference hearing as your preference, we’ll reach out to you to find a solution, which will likely involve:

We’re still holding teleconference hearings as scheduled.

We’re currently using Zoom to conduct both telephone and video hearings. We’re aware of security concerns reported about Zoom, but we’re confident that our approach keeps your safety in mind. For instance, to protect your privacy, every Zoom hearing has its own password. You’ll get the password for your hearing in your Notice of Hearing.

For your teleconference hearing

The teleconference system is very busy right now. For your teleconference hearing:


If you call us, you may not get an agent right away. Please leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.


We are now processing mail, but only periodically. Sending us documents by regular mail may cause delays. The fastest way to send us information is always by email.


We encourage you to contact us by email. You can still contact us by fax, if you choose, at 1-855-814-4117 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) or 1-613-941-5121 (long distance charges may apply).


We will be flexible and help you deal with this situation.

There may be delays in processing appeals, but we are doing what we can to minimize these delays.

To help us minimize any possible delays, we recommend you contact us by email.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit and follow Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter. You can also contact the new coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397.

One-time payments to persons with disabilities / Canada Emergency Response Benefits / Employment Insurance benefits

The Social Security Tribunal does not process:

Date modified: