Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2017 and ending March 31, 2018

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report presents the analysis of the impact and effectiveness of the benefits and other assistance provided under the Employment Insurance Act during the fiscal year starting on April 1, 2017 and finishing on March 31, 2018 (referred to as the reporting period or FY1718). The highlights below relate to this period or reflect changes between FY1617 and FY1718.

Canada’s economy and labour market experienced strong growth in FY1718 and the national unemployment rate reached a relatively low level.

Both the number of new EI regular claims established and the amount of EI regular benefits paid decreased slightly over the previous year.

The eligibility rate for EI regular benefits decreased slightly in 2017 from the previous year.

The number of new claims and total amount paid increased across all types of EI special benefits, with the family caregiver benefit for children reporting the largest year-over-year percentage growth.

Starting on January 1, 2017, the waiting period was reduced from 2 weeks to 1 week.

Economic growth and labour market expansion contributed to an overall decline in the number of clients served and interventions delivered under EI Part II.

In FY1718, Service Canada focused on improving services to meet the needs of Employment Insurance clients better.

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