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EI Benefits for the Self-Employed

Self-employed people will now have access to the following five special EI benefits: maternity benefits, parental benefits, sickness benefits, compassionate care benefits, and benefits for parents of critically ill children. They will need to enter into an agreement with Service Canada by registering online with Service Canada, using the “My Service Canada” Account. Unfortunately, they will have to wait twelve months after registering before they will qualify to make a claim for the EI special benefits.