moved for leave to introduce Bill C-292, an act to amend the Unemployment Insurance Act.
Mr. Speaker, this bill would amend the Unemployment Insurance Act to allow a group of workers, hairdressers, the ability to become self-employed under conditions other than full ownership of a hairdressing establishment.
Under the current system, hairdressers who rent chairs and who normally would be considered self-employed are not allowed to withdraw from the unemployment insurance system like other self-employed individuals. This requires them to submit considerable sums of money to a system that does not serve their needs. Further, many individuals do not have the capital to set up a hairdressing establishment but would rather work for themselves on a smaller scale.
This bill intends to allow these individuals to be self-employed without the major constraints put exclusively on this category of workers by the current UI regulations.
Through the introduction of several criteria, this bill creates a definition of self-employment so that the current law would better serve the needs of this group of Canadian workers.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)