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Employment Insurance Regulations (SOR/96-332)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-01 and last amended on 2023-12-08. Previous Versions

  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this section.


    agriculture means the operations of farming that are carried out for the benefit of any person who is a farmer and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes

    • (a) where carried out on a farm

      • (i) clearing land for cultivation,

      • (ii) cultivation of the soil,

      • (iii) conservation of the soil, including the construction, maintenance and operation of tile drainage systems, ditches, canals, reservoirs or waterways exclusively for the purposes of farming,

      • (iv) harvesting, storing or grading any natural product of farming,

      • (v) preparing land for the growing and harvesting of wild berries,

      • (vi) raising bees and producing honey,

      • (vii) breeding or raising animals or birds, or producing eggs,

      • (viii) dairy farming and the processing of milk, butter or cheese that is produced on that farm, and

      • (ix) producing maple sap, maple syrup or maple sugar; and

    • (b) where carried out on or off a farm

      • (i) offering for sale or selling any of the products of the operations referred to in subparagraphs (a) (i) to (ix), if the offering for sale or selling is incidental to those operations, and

      • (ii) exhibiting, advertising, assembling, freezing, storing, grading, preparing, processing, packing and transporting the products described in subparagraph (i), if those operations are incidental to the offering for sale or selling described in that subparagraph. (agriculture)

    agricultural enterprise

    agricultural enterprise means the business of agriculture carried on for the benefit of any person who is a farmer. (entreprise agricole)


    horticulture means the following operations and includes all the services incidental to the carrying out of those operations, if the services are performed at the place where the operations are carried on:

    • (a) the propagating, producing, raising or harvesting of

      • (i) vegetables, flowers, shrubs or ornamental grasses, and

      • (ii) seeds, seedlings, grafts or cuttings of vegetables, flowers, shrubs or ornamental grasses; and

    • (b) landscape gardening where it is incidental to the carrying out of

      • (i) any of the operations described in paragraph (a), or

      • (ii) agriculture. (horticulture)

  • (2) The employment of a person by an employer in agriculture, an agricultural enterprise or horticulture that would otherwise be insurable is excluded from insurable employment if the person is employed by the employer in that employment for

    • (a) less than seven days in a year; or

    • (b) seven days or more in a year and is not remunerated in cash by the employer for any part of that employment.

  • SOR/97-31, s. 2

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