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EI Benefits for the Self-Employed

Self-employed people will now have access to the following six special EI benefits: maternity benefits, parental benefits, sickness benefits, compassionate care benefits,  benefits for Family Caregiver of critically ill children and Family Caregiver of critically ill adults. 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.