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How to register
Sign up or log into My Service Canada Account
Register for the self-employed program
On the main page in MSCA:
- click the Apply for tab
- click Register for EI for the self-employed
- follow the steps to enter into an agreement with the Employment Insurance (EI) Commission
Once you submit your registration, you’ll immediately get a confirmation that you’ve entered into an agreement with the EI Commission.
Submit supporting documents to the Canada Revenue Agency
Each year when you complete your income tax return, you must complete and submit Schedule 13 (Employment Insurance premiums on self-employment and other eligible earnings) to the Canada Revenue Agency.
To get a Schedule 13:
- choose the tax package you need
- select your province or territory
- click on Schedule 13 under Schedules
Fill out schedule 13 to calculate your premiums. You’ll pay premiums based on your self-employed income for the entire calendar year, starting the year you register.
Benefits are available 12 months after registration
Once you receive benefits as a self-employed person, you’ll continue paying premiums for as long as you’re self-employed.
If you have not filed your income tax return for the year before you apply for benefits, you’ll have to provide an estimate of your self-employed earnings. This estimate should be as accurate as possible, since your benefit amount will be calculated based on what you provide. We’ll make any necessary adjustments after you file your income tax return.