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MARCH 31, 2020
The VSTA would like to reach out to TTOCs and provide you with the most up-to-date information we have regarding TTOC income and opportunities. We also want to acknowledge the essential role TTOCs play within our system. We greatly value your work, and we recognize the exceptional and challenging reality foisted upon you as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this time, we do not know what employment opportunities will be available to TTOCs in Vancouver beyond jobs booked prior to the break. There may still be work forthcoming, but in the meantime, the VSB has issued Records of Employment (ROE) for all TTOCs, this information has been uploaded to Service Canada and back dated to the last day worked.
As stated in previous emails, the VSTA recommends that all TTOCs apply for Employment Insurance or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). If you are unsure of your eligibility, do apply. A ROE is NOT required to begin the application process or to apply for EI. If you find yourself ineligible for Employment Insurance, please keep reading for information about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
See the following links and FAQ for more assistance:
EI Regular Benefit and TTOCs
Members who experience a shortage of work may be eligible to claim EI wage loss benefits. In 2020, the maximum EI payment is $573 per week or $1,146 bi-weekly. EI does not pay extended health and dental premiums, Teachers Pension Plan or other entitlements. Members are strongly encouraged to apply for benefits online, as the Government of Canada telephone service is experiencing high call volumes. You do not need a copy of your ROE to complete the application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can a member on an EI claim continue to work?
A: Yes, a TTOC on an employment insurance claim may continue working. You can keep 50 cents of your benefits for every dollar you earn, up to 90 percent of your previous weekly earnings. Above this cap, your EI benefits are deducted dollar-for-dollar. If you work a full work week, regardless of how much you earn, you will not be eligible to receive EI benefits for that week.
Q. How will this impact TTOCs who have a part-time contract?
A. If you have a part-time contract and work as a TTOC, you may be eligible for EI regular benefits if you have 700 EI insurable hours (~77 full days of employment as a teacher) and if you have no work in your position as a TTOC BUT there is no guarantee of this. Our advice is to apply. The amount of your benefit would be impacted by the FTE of your part-time contract.
Q. Are TTOCs who have not worked 700 hours of EI insurable employment in the previous 52 weeks eligible for EI Regular Benefits?
A. TTOCs are not be eligible for EI Regular Benefits if they have not worked 700 hours in the previous 52 weeks. However, you may be eligible for EI Sickness Benefits or the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – see below.
Q. Can TTOCs apply to EI if they are sick or injured?
A. Yes, TTOCs may apply for EI Sickness Benefit if they are ill and unable to work because of sickness, injury or quarantine. To qualify for EI Sickness Benefit members must:
- Have a reduction of more than 40% in regular weekly earnings.
- Have 600 hours of EI insurable employment in the previous 52 weeks from all employment.
- Apply here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
Q. What if a TTOC is not eligible for EI Regular Benefits or Sickness Benefits?
A. Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit – CERB
An application for these benefits will be made available by the Canada Revenue Service (CRA) in April 2020. This program will not pay extended health and dental premiums, Teachers Pension Plan or other entitlements.
The BCTF also has a detailed site for TTOCs. Check out the following: