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Self Employment FAQs

1. What is the Employment Insurance (EI) Program for Self-Employed People?

The EI Program for Self-Employed People extends access to EI special benefits to self-employed people on a voluntary basis.

2. Who can participate in this program?

You can participate if you are:

  • self-employed; and
  • a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.

3. How can I participate?

To participate, you must enter into an agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (the Commission) through Service Canada.

4. Who is considered to be a self-employed person under this program?

For the purposes of the EI Program for Self-Employed People, a self-employed person is someone who:

  • operates his or her own business; or
  • is employed by a corporation but is not eligible to participate in the EI program as an employee because he or she controls more than 40 percent of the voting shares of that corporation.

Note

This program does not apply to the following occupations:

  • It does not apply to barbers, hairdressers, taxi drivers, and drivers of other passenger-carrying vehicles who are not hired as employees but whose employment is insurable under the EI Regulations. These individuals may already be eligible for EI regular and special benefits.
  • It does not apply to fishers who are included as insured persons under the EI Fishing Regulations. These individuals may already be eligible for EI regular and special benefits.

5. If I am self-employed in Quebec, can I benefit from this program?

Currently, if you are a self-employed person in Quebec, you are already covered for maternity and parental benefits through the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan. If you choose to participate in this program, you will be eligible to apply for EI sickness and compassionate care benefits.

6. Am I eligible to participate in this program if I am self-employed and if I also work as an employee receiving insurable earnings?

Yes. If you have registered for the program, you may choose to apply for EI special benefits either as a self-employed person or as an employee.

Under the EI Program for Self-Employed People, we will take into account earnings from both self-employment and employment as an employee when we calculate your benefit amount, as long as your earnings from both sources are eligible. You will need to provide us with a Record of Employment from your employer that shows details of your insurable earnings.

7. When can I enter into an agreement with the Commission to participate in the EI Program for Self-Employed People?

If you are a self-employed Canadian, you will be able to enter into an agreement with the Commission through Service Canada starting on January 31, 2010. However, you will have to wait 12 months from the date of your agreement before you will be able to make a claim for EI special benefits.

8. How long does my agreement with the Commission to participate in the EI Program for Self-Employed People last?

Once you enter into the agreement, you will have 60 days to reconsider your decision. If you choose to withdraw from the EI Program for Self-Employed People within this 60-day period, you will not have to pay any premiums.

Once the 60-day grace period has elapsed, your participation lasts indefinitely, unless you terminate it.

However, please keep in mind that you can only terminate your agreement if you have never received EI special benefits as a self-employed person. If you have received benefits, you cannot terminate your agreement. In other words, after you receive EI special benefits, you have to continue to pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire duration of your self-employment career, regardless of any change in the nature of your self-employment.

9. Will I receive confirmation that I have entered into an agreement?

Yes. After you enter into the agreement, you will receive a confirmation number that you should keep for your records. In addition, you will later receive a letter in the mail confirming your registration.

10. Once I enter into an agreement, how long do I have to wait before I can apply for EI special benefits?

You will have to wait 12 months after the day you enter into an agreement before you will be able to apply for EI special benefits.

11. What happens if I enter into an agreement to participate in the EI Program for Self-Employed People and then later decide that it is not appropriate for me?

You can terminate your agreement only if you have not received EI special benefits as a self-employed person. If you have received benefits, you cannot terminate your agreement. In other words, after you receive EI special benefits, you must continue to pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire duration of your self-employed career, regardless of any change in the nature of your self-employment.

Please note that, once you register, you will have 60 days to reconsider your decision. If you choose to withdraw from the EI program for Self-Employed People within this 60-day period, you will not have to pay any premiums.

12. How do I terminate my agreement?

To terminate your agreement to participate in the EI Program for Self-Employed People, you must notify the Commission by filing a notice of termination online using My Service Canada Account anywhere you can access the Internet, including at a Service Canada Centre near you.

13. Once I terminate my agreement, when does my participation end?

Your participation in the EI Program for Self-Employed People will end on December 31 of the year in which you file the notice of termination.

This means that, regardless of the date you file the notice of termination, you must pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire calendar year. For example, if you terminate your agreement on April 20 of this year, you must continue to pay EI premiums until December 31 of this year. Your access to EI special benefits will continue until the end of the year in which you terminate your agreement.

However, if you submit a claim for EI special benefits before the end of the year in which you filed your notice of termination, your notice of termination will automatically be withdrawn and you will have to continue to pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire duration of your self-employed career, regardless of any change in the nature of your self-employment.

For example, if you file a notice of termination on April 20 of this year, and you then become sick and you apply for and receive EI sickness benefits in September of this year, your agreement will not terminate on December 31 of this year. Your participation in the program will continue for the duration of your self-employed career.

14. If I terminate my agreement, do I receive a refund of any of the EI premiums I have paid?

If you terminate your agreement, you must still pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire calendar year in which you terminate the agreement. You will not receive a refund of any EI premiums.

15. Do I receive any confirmation when I terminate my agreement?

When you terminate your agreement using My Service Canada Account, you will receive a confirmation number that you should keep for your records. Later, you will receive a letter in the mail confirming the termination.

16. What if, after I terminate my agreement, I need to apply for EI special benefits?

After you terminate your agreement, you are still eligible to apply for EI special benefits for the rest of the calendar year in which you terminate it. However, if you have not applied for benefits before that year is over, you will need to enter into a new agreement to participate in this program, and you will have to wait 12 months before you will be eligible to apply for EI special benefits.

17. Can I terminate my agreement after I have received EI special benefits?

No. If you have received EI special benefits as a self-employed person, you cannot terminate your agreement. Your agreement will last indefinitely, and EI premiums will always be payable on your self-employment income. In other words, after you receive EI special benefits, you have to continue to pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire duration of your self-employed career, regardless of any change in the nature of your self-employment.

18. When do I experience an interruption of earnings as a self-employed person?

As a self-employed person, you experience an interruption of earnings at the beginning of the week during which you have reduced the time you usually devote to your business by more than 40 percent as a result of illness, injury, quarantine, pregnancy, the need to care for newborn or newly adopted children, or the need to provide care or support to a family member.

For example, if you adopt a child and you reduce your usual 40-hour work week to 10 hours per week, you have reduced the time you devote to your business by 75 percent. In this case, therefore, you would experience an interruption of earnings.

19. Will I have to provide any evidence of the reason for the interruption of earnings?

Yes. When you experience an interruption of earnings because of illness, injury, or quarantine or to provide care to a gravely ill relative, you will have to provide a medical certificate.

20. If I qualify for EI special benefits, how much money will I receive every week?

For those who are self-employed, the weekly benefit amount is 55 percent of the average weekly earnings from the calendar year before the year you submit an EI claim, up to a yearly maximum amount.

21. What are my average weekly earnings?

Your average weekly earnings are your total self-employment earnings for the previous calendar year, divided by 52. Total self-employment earnings are your self-employment income minus any losses, as calculated according to the Income Tax Act.

If you are a shareholder of a corporation and you control more than 40 percent of that corporation’s voting shares, your average weekly earnings are what would have been your total insurable earnings from that employment if the earnings were insurable, divided by 52. Insurable earnings include most of the types of compensation that employers provide to their employees.

Your earnings from insurable employment (earnings as an employee) may also be used to calculate your average weekly earnings.

22. What proof do I need of my earnings?

If you have already filed your income tax and benefit return for the year before the year you submit an EI claim, we will obtain the amount of your self-employment earnings from the Canada Revenue Agency.

If you have not filed your income tax and benefit return for the year before the year you submit an EI claim, we will ask you to provide an estimate of your income from self-employment. We will calculate your benefit amount based on the estimate you provide, and we will make any necessary adjustments after you file your income tax and benefit return.

Please note that if your estimate is higher than your actual income, you may have to repay EI benefits.

If you also have earnings from insured employment as an employee, we will require a Record of Employment from your employer.

23. Can I continue working part-time while receiving special benefits?

Yes, you can work part-time while claiming EI special benefits, but you will have to declare any earnings you have from this part-time work on your bi-weekly EI reports (you will have to submit EI reports every two weeks during the period your EI claim is active to show you are still entitled to receive EI benefits).

  • If you are claiming sickness or maternity benefits, we will deduct any part-time earnings from your benefits on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
  • If you are claiming parental or compassionate care benefits, refer to the Service Canada website for more information.

Keep in mind that you must always declare all your earnings.

24. If my business continues to generate income while I am receiving EI benefits, how will this affect me?

Any income your business generates for you while you are receiving EI benefits can reduce your EI benefit amount.

25. What are EI regular benefits, and can I also qualify for them?

EI regular benefits are benefits available to employees when they lose their jobs through no fault of their own and are available for and able to work, but cannot find a job.

Self-employed people cannot access EI regular benefits based on their self-employment. EI regular benefits are only available to employees who have earned insurable earnings and who meet the eligibility criteria.

26. Once I register for the EI Program for Self-Employed People, when do I start paying EI premiums?

Beginning in the year you register to participate in the program, your EI premiums will be calculated on your income tax and benefit return for that year.

Subsequently, if you pay your income tax by instalment, EI premiums may be included in your instalment payments.

When you register for the program, EI premiums will be payable on your self-employment income for the entire year, regardless of the date you register. For example, whether you register in April 2012 or December 2012, you will pay EI premiums on your self-employment income for the entire year of 2012.

Please note that, once you register, you will have 60 days to reconsider your decision. If you choose to withdraw from the EI Program for Self-Employed People within this 60-day period, you will not have to pay any premiums.

27. How will the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) calculate my EI premiums?

The CRA will calculate your EI premiums based on your net self-employment earnings, as calculated under the Income Tax Act.

If you are a shareholder of a corporation and you control more than 40 percent of that corporation’s voting shares, the CRA will calculate your EI premiums based on the amount of what would have been your insurable earnings from that employment if the earnings had been insurable. Insurable earnings include most of the types of compensation that employers provide to their employees.

28. What is the current EI premium rate?

Refer to the Canada Revenue Agency website for Federal and province of Quebec’s EI premium rates and maximums.

29. Will I have to pay the employer’s portion of the EI premium?

No. You will not have to pay the employer’s portion of the EI premium.

Copy of Agreement Information

The information you provide to process your notice of termination of your agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (the "Commission") for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act. Completion is voluntary; however, failure to complete this form will result in your agreement not being terminated. The information you provide may also be used for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes. In order to conduct these activities, various sources of information under the custody and control of the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) may be linked.

Should your notice of termination meet the requirements of the Employment Insurance Act to terminate an agreement for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People, the information you have provided will be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency to notify them of the termination of your agreement for the purpose of the collection of Employment Insurance premiums.

As stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of your agreement with the Commission for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People; the termination of your agreement is subject to the following requirements under the Employment Insurance Act, 1996, c.23 [the "Act"]:

  1. You may only terminate your agreement with the Commission if one of the following circumstances exists:
    1. You have never been paid benefits under Part VII.1 of the Act, as a self-employed person;
    2. If benefits have been paid, in the circumstances that may be set out in the Employment Insurance Regulations.
  2. You must notify the Commission of your intent to terminate your agreement in writing by using this form; or electronically via My Service Canada Account.
  3. A notice to terminate under the circumstances set out in 1(a) or (b) is effective on December 31 of the year in which the notice is given unless the notice is cancelled or withdrawn before that date for the following reasons:
    1. You apply for Employment Insurance Special Benefits for Self-Employed People before that date; or
    2. You notify the Commission in writing before that date to withdraw your notice to terminate.
  4. You are required to pay Employment Insurance premiums for the year during which your agreement is terminated in the circumstances set out in 1 (a) or (b) regardless of the date on which it was terminated.
  5. Your agreement is cancelled if you give your notice of termination within 60 days after the date of your agreement with the Commission. When an agreement is cancelled within this period, no Employment Insurance premium is required to be paid.

REGISTRATION UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE MEASURE FOR SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People is a program established under the Employment Insurance Act, S.C., 1996, c.23 (hereinafter "the Act") and administered by the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (hereinafter "the Commission").

1.0 DEFINITION

"Self-Employment Earnings" means the amount of earnings of a self-employed person for a year referred to in subsection 152.01(2) of the Act.

2.0 BENEFITS

2.1 Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People may only be payable in accordance with the Act to eligible self-employed persons who have an agreement with the Commission and who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Leaving My Service Canada Account secure area.

2.2 For the purpose of the Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People, a self-employed person is an individual who:

  1. operates his or her own business; or
  2. is employed by a corporation but is not eligible to participate in the regular EI program because he or she controls more than 40% of the voting shares of that corporation.

Individuals whose employment is included in insurable employment under Part VIII of the Act (Self-employed persons engaged in fishing), and individuals whose employment is included in insurable employment by a regulation made under paragraph 5(4) (c) of the Act are excluded.

2.3 The benefits payable to an eligible self-employed person under the Employment Insurance Act are limited to the following:

  • Maternity benefits, which are available to birth mothers only and cover the period surrounding the child's birth, up to a maximum of 15 weeks;
  • Parental benefits*, which are available to biological or adoptive parents while they are caring for newborn or newly adopted child or children-these benefits may be taken by either parent or shared between them, up to a maximum of 35 weeks;
  • Sickness benefits, which may be paid to a person who is unable to work because of illness, injury, or quarantine, up to a maximum of 15 weeks; and
  • Compassionate care benefits, which may be paid to a person who has to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death in the next 6 months, up to a maximum of 6 weeks.

*Self-employed people residing in Quebec may be entitled to maternity, paternity and parental benefits under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP). Self-employed people who register for EI Benefits for Self-Employed People may not be entitled to maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance Act if maternity, paternity and parental benefits are payable to them under QPIP.

3.0 QUALIFYING FOR BENEFITS

3.1 The Commission determines eligibility and entitlement to benefits pursuant to the Employment Insurance Act and the regulations made under that Act, as amended from time to time.

3.2 Under the Employment Insurance Act, a self-employed person can qualify for benefits if:

  1. 12 months has elapsed since the effective date of their agreement with the Commission
  2. the agreement has not been terminated
  3. the person has experienced an interruption of earnings from self-employment; and
  4. the person has earned a minimum required amount of self-employed earnings during the calendar year prior to the year in which an application for benefits is made.

3.3 Under the Employment Insurance Regulations, SOR/96-332, an interruption of earnings occurs at the beginning of the week during which a self-employed person reduces the time devoted to their business by more than 40% of the normal level as a result of illness, injury, quarantine, pregnancy, the need to care for their new born child or children or a child or children placed with them for the purpose of adoption, or the need to provide care or support to a gravely ill family member who has a significant risk of death in the next 6 months.

3.4 Generally, the minimum amount of self-employed earnings required in the preceding calendar year to qualify for benefits is $6000; this amount is subject to change in accordance with the Act and the regulations made under the Act. Please contact Service Canada to find out the amount required for the current year.

3.5 The minimum amount of self-employed earnings required to qualify for benefits may be increased as a result of a violation accumulated under the Act.

3.6 To receive benefits, the self-employed person must file an application with the Commission in accordance with the Act and the regulations and supply information in the form and manner directed by the Commission.

4.0 INTERPROVINCIAL MOBILITY – MATERNITY AND PARENTAL BENEFITS

4.1 Under the Employment Insurance Regulations, and only for the purpose of qualifying for Employment Insurance maternity or parental benefits, a self-employed person who is a resident of the province of Quebec and who later ceases to reside in that province, is deemed to have entered into an agreement with the Commission for 12 months as required under the Employment Insurance Act, if:

  1. they registered as a self-employed person with the Commission in the period that is 12 months before the day they ceased to reside in the province and three months after that day, and
  2. they were covered by the QPIP for at least twelve months prior to the day they ceased to reside in the province of Quebec.

5.0 PAYMENT OF BENEFITS

5.1 Under the Act, benefits are payable to a self-employed person for each week of unemployment that falls in their benefit period up to the maximum number of weeks applicable for each type of benefit. A benefit period is the 52 week-period during which the self-employed person is eligible and entitled to receive weekly benefits under the Act.

5.2 Under the Employment Insurance Regulations, a week of unemployment is a week during which a self-employed person reduces the time devoted to their business activities by more than 40% of the normal level.

5.3 The weekly benefit amount payable to an eligible self-employed person for each week of unemployment is 55% of their self-employment earnings and earnings from insurable employment in the precedent calendar year, up to a yearly maximum amount, divided by 52. Some income from insurable employment may be excluded from the calculation of the weekly benefits in accordance with the Employment Insurance Regulations.

5.4 No benefits are payable to a self-employed person during a two-week waiting period at the beginning of the period of eligibility during which benefits may be paid.

6.0 EARNINGS DURING THE PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE BENEFITS

6.1 Earnings received by the self-employed person during their benefit period may be deducted from the amount of their weekly benefits in accordance with the Employment Insurance Regulations.

7.0 PREMIUMS

7.1 Beginning in the year the self-employed person enters into this agreement with the Commission, the self-employed person is obligated to:

  1. pay a premium to the Receiver General on or before April 30th of the following year or, when required, by instalment payments, in respect of every year in which self-employed earnings are earned, regardless of any change or interruption in the nature or type of self-employment from time to time; and
  2. file a return with the Minister of National Revenue setting out their self-employed earnings for the year, in the form and manner, and containing the information, specified by that Minister.

7.2 The amount of the premium payable for a year is calculated based on the amount of self-employed earnings for that year, up to a maximum annual amount determined under the Employment Insurance Act. The premium is calculated at a rate fixed in accordance with the Act for each calendar year on or before November 14.

7.3 Generally, the amount of self-employment earnings for a year is the income from the self-employed person's business for the year computed under the Income Tax Act, and, in the case of the self-employed person who is employed by a corporation of which they control more than 40% of the voting shares, the amount that would have been that person's insurable earnings if their employment had not been excluded from insurable employment. To find out how to calculate the amount of self-employed earnings for a year or when a premium is payable, please contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

7.4 The premium required to be paid by a self-employed person on their self-employed earnings may be reduced in accordance with the Employment Insurance Act when the payment of any allowances, money or other benefits because of illness, injury, quarantine, pregnancy, child care or compassionate care under a provincial law to insured persons and self-employed persons would have the effect of reducing or eliminating the special benefits payable to those insured persons or the benefits payable to those self-employed persons.

7.0 TERMINATION/ CANCELLATION

7.1 This Agreement with the Commission shall not be terminated by the self-employed person except:

  1. when no benefits were ever paid to the self-employed person under the Employment Insurance Act;
  2. when benefits have been paid under the Act, in the circumstances that may be set out in the Employment Insurance Regulations; or

8.2 To terminate an agreement under the Act, a notice shall be provided to the Commission in writing or electronically via My Service Canada Account.

8.3 A notice to terminate as set out in 8.1 (a) or (b) is effective on December 31 of the year in which the notice is given unless the notice is cancelled before that date for the following reasons:

  1. the self-employed person applies for benefits under the Employment Insurance Act before that date; or
  2. the self-employed person notifies the Commission in writing or electronically via My Service Canada Account before that date to withdraw the notice to terminate.

8.4 The agreement may also be deemed to be terminated if any of the circumstances set out in the Regulations exist, if any; such termination is effective on the date specified in the Regulations.

8.5 A premium is required to be paid in respect of the year during which the agreement is terminated as set out in 8.1 (a) or (b) or deemed to be terminated as set out in 8.4, regardless of the date on which it was terminated or deemed to be terminated.

8.6. An agreement is cancelled if the notice of termination is given within 60 days after the date of the agreement with the Commission. Where an agreement is cancelled within this period, no premium is required to be paid.

9.0 Non-Assignment of the Agreement

9.1 This Agreement shall not be assigned, transferred or otherwise disposed of.

10.0 Effective Date and Duration

10.1 Once approved, this application for registration for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People constitutes an agreement with the Commission to be included as a self-employed person to which Part VII.1 of the Employment Insurance Act applies, which is effective from the date on which the application to register is received by the Commission for as long as the self-employed person earns self-employment earnings, unless the agreement is terminated in accordance with the Act.

11.0 Employment Insurance Legislation

10.1 The Employment Insurance Act, S.C., 1996, c.23 and the Regulations made under that Act, as amended from time to time shall prevail in case of inconsistency with any terms and conditions set out in this Agreement.

I understand the above Terms and Conditions of the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People and would like to proceed with entering into an agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission.

DECLARATION

I DECLARE THAT:

I request and agree to be registered as a self-employed person with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (the "Commission") for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People under the Employment Insurance Act;

I am either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Leaving My Service Canada Account secure area;

I am a self-employed person to whom the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People under the Employment Insurance Act apply;

I understand that if I am entitled to maternity, paternity and parental benefits under the Qu�bec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP), it may affect my eligibility for Employment Benefits for Self-Employed People under the Employment Insurance Act.

I understand that upon approval of this request by the Commission, my registration for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People is subject to the Terms and Conditions set out in the attached ‘Registration for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed;

I understand that the information I provide to register for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People will be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the purpose of collecting premiums. In addition, if I apply for benefits as a self-employed person, the CRA will provide the Commission with information concerning my net self-employment earnings (income information for the current year and two prior calendar years) in order to allow HRSDC to validate the income information I declare on my claim to determine whether I have sufficient self-employment earnings to qualify and to calculate or revise my EI weekly benefit rate.

I understand that by entering into an agreement with the Commission to be registered for Employment Insurance Benefits for Self-Employed People; I will have the following obligations for as long as I earn self-employment earnings regardless of any change or interruption in the nature or type of my self-employment from time to time:

  1. to pay a premium to the Receiver General on or before April 30th of every year on all my self-employment earnings earned in respect of the precedent calendar year;
  2. to file a return with the Minister of National Revenue declaring my self-employed earnings;

I understand that the earliest I can claim Employment Insurance Benefits as a self-employed person as provided under the Employment Insurance Act is after a period of 12 months has passed since the date of my agreement with the Commission, unless otherwise provided in the Employment Insurance Regulations;

I understand that any earnings I receive or am entitled to receive during my benefit period may be deducted from my weekly benefits.

I understand that I can only terminate my agreement with the Commission as provided in the Employment Insurance Act if I have never received benefits as a self-employed person under the EI program.

I understand that my agreement can be deemed terminated if any of the circumstances set out in the regulations made under the Act exist.

I further understand that I will be required to comply with the Employment Insurance Act and the regulations made under that Act and that my eligibility and entitlement for Employment Insurance Benefits as a self-employed person is subject to the requirements of that Act and its Regulations and that these may be amended from time to time.

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Privacy Act and related privacy legislation. You have the right to the protection of, and access to, your personal information. It will be retained in the following Personal Information Bank: Registration for the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People ( HRSDC PPU 323). Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication, entitled Info Source, a copy of which is located at all Service Canada Centres. Info Source is also available at the following web site address: http://infosource.gc.ca/.

You will receive a written notice confirming or denying your notice to terminate your agreement with the Commission in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

I accept the Terms and Conditions of the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People and I request to be registered with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as a self-employed person.

Copy of Termination Information

The information you provide is collected under the authority of the Employment Insurance Act to process your Notice of Termination of your agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (the "Commission") under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People. Completion is voluntary; however, failure to complete this form will result in your agreement not being terminated for the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People. The information you provide may also be used for policy analysis, research and/or evaluation purposes. In order to conduct these activities, various sources of information under the custody and control of the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC) may be linked.

Should your Notice of Termination meet the requirements of the Employment Insurance Act to terminate an Agreement under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People, the information you have provided will be shared with the Canada Revenue Agency to notify them of the termination of your agreement for the purpose of the collection of Employment Insurance premiums.

As stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of your Agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission [the "Commission"] under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People; the termination of your agreement is subject to the following requirements under the Employment Insurance Act, 1996, c.23 [the "Act"]:

  1. You may only terminate your Agreement with the Commission if one of the following circumstances exists:
    1. You have never been paid benefits under the Act under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People;
    2. If benefits have been paid, in the circumstances that may be set out in the Employment Insurance Regulations; or
    3. When the notice to terminate is given to the Commission within 60 days following the effective date of the Agreement.
  2. You must notify the Commission of your intent to terminate your Agreement in writing by using this form; or electronically via My Service Canada Account.
  3. A notice to terminate under the circumstances set out in 1(a) or (b) is effective on December 31 of the year in which the notice is given unless the notice is cancelled or withdrawn before that date for the following reasons:
    1. you apply for benefits under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People before that date, or
    2. you notify the Commission in writing before that date to withdraw your notice to terminate.
  4. You are required to pay Employment Insurance premiums for the year during which your Agreement is terminated in the circumstances set out in 1 (a) or (b) regardless of the date on which it was terminated. However, no premiums are payable if you notify the Commission within 60 days of the effective date of your agreement.

I have read and understood the above statements and I would like to proceed with terminating my agreement with the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as a self-employed person.

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Privacy Act and related privacy legislation. You have the right to the protection of, and access to, your personal information. It will be retained in the following Personal Information Bank: Registration for the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People (HRSDC PPU 323). Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication, entitled Info Source, a copy of which is located at all Service Canada Centres. Info Source is also available at the following web site address: http://infosource.gc.ca/.

I wish to terminate my agreement with the Commission under the Employment Insurance Measure for Self-Employed People subject to the requirements of the Employment Insurance Act.

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Date Modified:
2012-11-22