Employment Insurance (EI) provides benefits if you lose your job, or cannot work, through no fault of your own.
Premiums are 1.73% of earnings up to $43,200 ($42,300 in 2009).
The maximum contribution is $747.36 ($731.79 in 2009).
Employers pay 1.4 times this amount.
EI does not apply to the self-employed. However, beginning 2010 self-employed people can chose to opt into Employment Insurance in order to qualify for certain sickness, maternity, and parental benefits. They pay the regular contribution but cannot claim EI if they become unemployed.