Laws, regulations, policies and practice directions related to the Social Security Tribunal

The Social Security Tribunal’s work takes place within the following framework of laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

Laws and regulations

The legal basis for the Tribunal’s structure and decision-making power comes from Part 5 of the Department of Employment and Social Development Act.

The Tribunal’s rules and procedures come from the Social Security Tribunal Regulations and are supplemented by the practice directions.

The Tribunal also follows the acts and regulations below.


The Tribunal develops policy to improve the quality and accessibility of the justice service we deliver. Our policy instruments address issues in areas of practice or where there may be a gap in our legislative framework.

Practice directions

The following practice directions set out rules and procedures that are not covered by the Social Security Tribunal Regulations.

General Division – Employment Insurance

General Division – Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security

Appeal Division

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