EI Special Benefits for Self Employed People - What you need before you start

4. What you need before you start

To apply for special benefits, you will need to complete an online application for EI benefits. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application. To apply, you will need the following information:

  • your Social Insurance Number;
  • your mother's maiden name;
  • your mailing and residential addresses, including the postal codes;
  • your complete banking information to sign up for direct deposit, including the financial institution name, the bank branch number, and your account number.
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