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May 7, 2010

Impact of New EI Special Benefits on Artists and Cultural Workers

Following the November 2009 announcement of the federal government's extension of Employment Insurance special benefits to the self-employed, the Cultural Human Resources Council is pleased to release a Report on the extension of EI special benefits for self-employed people and the impact of these changes on artists and cultural workers.

The Report, prepared by Garry Neil, examines the new program to determine its relevance for the cultural community and the likelihood that freelance artists and other cultural workers will enroll.

The author explains what the employment insurance special benefits are, who is eligible and how the premiums work.

The Report goes on to examine the relationship between the EI special benefits and existing insurance programs available to some artists and cultural workers through their unions and associations, as well as the relevance of the new program to individual artists and cultural workers. It provides real life examples to illustrate when, how and if enrolling in the new program makes sense for a self-employed artist or cultural worker.

The full Report is available on CHRC's website.

For more information and to register with the EI program, please visit the Service Canada website.

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) is committed to strengthening the cultural labour force, and strives to be at the centre of vision and forward thinking in the area of cultural human resources development. CHRC brings together representatives of arts disciplines and cultural industries in the cultural sector to address the training and career development needs of employers and cultural workers including artists, technical staff and managers To become a member of CHRC please visit our website.

For further information please contact Geneviève Chassé (613-562-1535 x31;