From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Official title: Employment Insurance Monitoring and Assessment Report for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018 and ending March 31, 2019: Highlights

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, 2018 and finishing on March 31, 2019 (referred to as the reporting period or FY1819). The highlights below relate to this period or reflect changes between FY1718 and FY1819.

FY1819 marked a slowdown in growth in Canada’s economy and labour market and a historic low in the national unemployment rate.

The number of new EI regular claims established remained relatively unchanged while the amount of EI regular benefits paid decreased significantly over the previous year.

Working While on Claim provisions became permanent in August 2018 and were extended to maternity and sickness benefits.

The eligibility rate for EI regular benefits reached its highest level over the past 10 years.

A new pilot project came into effect in August 2018 to provide additional weeks of EI regular benefits to eligible seasonal workers.

Through Skills Boost, introduced in August 2018, EI claimants who are long-tenured workers and wish to participate in training may request permission directly from Service Canada to continue receiving EI benefits during their training.

The number of new claims and total amount paid increased for EI special benefits, with family caregiver benefits for children continuing to report the largest year-over-year percentage growth among all special benefits.

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

Building on last year’s accomplishments, Service Canada implemented a series of measures to further improve services to EI clients and enhance their overall client experience:

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