Employment insurance hiring credit for small businesses (HCSB) will be extended for the 2012 year. What this means is if you paid EI premiums of less than $10,000 and had an increase in premiums from 2011 to 2012, your payroll account will automatically be credited greater than $2, but no more than $1,000 for the 2013 year.

For example, if your portion of EI premiums paid in 2011 was $2,300 and in 2012, you hired new employees and paid employer EI premiums of $3,000, you would be eligible for a credit of $700.