New Employment Insurance Special Benefits for Self-Employed People

April 1st 2010 is the deadline for self-employed people to register for special Employment Insurance (EI) benefits that became available as of January 31, 2010. If you are self-employed and you register before April 1st, you can access the benefits as early as July 11, 2011. If you wait until after April 1st 2010, you will have to wait 12 months before you can apply for the benefits.

While self-employed people in Quebec are already eligible to apply for maternity and parental benefits under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, the special benefits that have recently become available to self-employed individuals across Canada include the following:

1- Maternity benefits
2- Parental benefits
3- Sickness benefits
4- Compassionate care benefits

You can register online using My Service Canada Account. You can visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/ei/self_employed_workers.shtml for more information or call the EI Telephone Information Service at 1-800-206-7218.

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