Quebec Parental Benefits for Self Employed Workers

In Canada parental benefits are administered by Service Canada.  Since they fall under the EI program, self employed workers must opt in tothe EI plan for self employed individuals to receive benefits.  In Quebec however, unlike the rest of Canada (a common theme with Quebec), parental benefits are administered by the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP), which does not specifically require opt in.  Instead all workers in Quebec whether self employed or employees are required to pay premiums, based (similar to QPP) on their insurable earnings.  For the self employed, premiums are payable at a rate of 0.86% upto maximum insurable earnings of $62,000, and are reflected in your annual tax return. As such all workers in Quebec are eligible for Parental Benefits.

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