Employment & Assistance Appeal Tribunal of BC


Members are appointed by the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction after a merit-based process and consultation with the Tribunal Chair. The Tribunal recruits new members on an ongoing basis.


Step 1

If you are interested in serving as a member, complete the Tribunal’s Candidate Profile and Declaration form by choosing BECOME A MEMBER at the bottom of this page. A Criminal Record Check form must also be completed prior to being considered for appointment. 

Step 2

Candidates who pass the initial screening will then proceed to the Candidate testing stage to ensure the requirements of section 82 of the Employment and Assistance Regulation set out above are met and to demonstrate skills in interpreting and applying legislation as well as analytical decision-making and decision writing skills.

Step 3

Successful candidates will then undergo reference checks and a personal interview followed by a criminal record check. The Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office is responsible for a due diligence review.

Step 4

Successful candidates will then be recommended for appointment by the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.


To be considered for appointment to the Tribunal, an individual must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • an understanding of the essential elements for the conduct of a fair and objective hearing
  • an understanding of the key aspects of the Employment and Assistance Act, the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, the Child Care Subsidy Act, and their regulations
  • ability to interpret and apply legislation;
  • analytical, conceptual, problem-solving, decision making and decision writing skills;
  • ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively;
  • ability to work well in group settings;
  • computer literacy;
  • commitment to respect diversity; and
  • commitment to ongoing professional development to enhance expertise.

In addition, a candidate must:

  • not be an employee, or have been an employee within the past six months, of the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction or the Ministry of Children and Family Development;
  • not be an employee of the Provincial Government pursuant to the Public Service Act;
  • not be a recipient of income assistance or disability assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction or a child care subsidy from the Ministry of Children and Family Development; and
  • not have a personal, professional, financial or other interest in matters coming before the Tribunal that could cause a reasonably informed person to have a reasonable perception that the Tribunal member would not be independent or impartial.

Members are also required to abide by the Tribunal’s Code of Conduct and Practices and Procedures.