How to reduce the EI premium rate if you provide your employees with a short-term disability plan

Some employers provide a wage-loss replacement plan for short-term disability to their employees. If the plan meets certain standards established by the Employment Insurance Regulations, the employer's EI premiums could be paid at a reduced rate (less than 1.4 times the employee's premiums).

To benefit from a reduced employer premium rate, you have to register with the EI Premium Reduction Program by submitting both of the following:

You can also get the application at your Service Canada Centre or by contacting:

     Service Canada
     EI Premium Reduction Program
     Post Office Box 11000
     Bathurst NB  E2A 4T5

     Telephone: 1-800-367-5693
     TTY: 1-855-881-9874
     Fax: 506-548-7473

For more information, go to EI Premium Reduction Program: For employers.

The employer's EI premiums are reduced only in respect of employees covered by the approved plan (this includes employees serving an eligibility period under the plan of three months or less). These employees will continue to be reported under the current payroll program account, which will be set at a reduced rate. An officer of the EI Premium Reduction Program will ask you to open an additional payroll program account under your business number (BN) to make a separate remittance for employees not covered by the plan.

You have to file a separate T4 information return for each payroll account under your BN:

Where an employee was transferred between both accounts in the same calendar year, file a separate T4 slip for each account.

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