April 15, 2010
Self-employed individuals may register for Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits as of Jan. 31, 2010.

Four types of special benefits are available; maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care.

The Service Canada Centre web site is www.servicecanada.gc.ca for more information. There is also a EI telephone information service at 1-800-206-7218.

There is a 12-month wait after registering following Apr. 1, before applying for benefits.