Under the plan:
- participation would be voluntary
- self-employed Canadians would have to sign up for the EI plan six months before making a claim
- details about premium amounts and required post-claim payments would be set when the program is implemented after review by the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board.
Yet another family friendly announcement. I didn't realize that 2.6 million Canadians are self-employed, and that a million of them are women.
I never understood why self-employed people we not eligible for EI or parental benefits. Small businesses are the engine of our economy, it behooves all levels of government to support them and put in place the programs and incentives for them to succeed.
I haven't seen any word yet on whether this would also include who are employed by family members.
UPDATE According to the CBC self-employed people would be eligible for all EI benefits:
The self-employed business owners who choose to participate could collect employment insurance or parental benefits once they had worked enough hours to qualify, even if their business collapsed.
We're better off with Harper.