EI to be extended to self-employed - Macleans.ca

EI to be extended to self-employed

Optional program allows those without coverage to sign up


The Conservative government is extending employment insurance benefits to the self-employed. Starting Jan. 1, 2010, workers will be ableto sign up for access to maternity, parental, adoption, medical, and compassionate care benefits under the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act. “Self-employed Canadians should not have to choose between their family and business responsibilities,” said Minister of Human Resources Diane Finley. The Conservatives are likely hoping the move will make them more popular with women, a demographic they’ve had a hard time attracting, and one that is overrepresented among the self employed.


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