Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is updated weekly and is current as of April 11, 2021

Week of April 5: First-time beneficiaries

7,690

Active beneficiaries

2,275,680

Total gross benefit dollars since September 27, 2020

25.29 billion
Notes
  1. A first time beneficiary is an individual receiving an EI payment for the first time since the COVID emergency benefits began on March 15, 2020 and that has not received any COVID-19 benefits
  2. Active beneficiaries are individuals currently receiving EI payments
  3. Total gross benefit dollars began on September 27, 2020 when the EI program reverted back to pre-CERB operations

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Application processing

Table 1: EI application processing
Employment Insurance (EI) program Week starting on April 5, 2021 Cumulative from September 27, 2020
Registered applications 71,910 3,914,450
Processed applications 66,080 3,847,710
Claims established (approved applications) 47,540 3,231,340
Beneficiaries Not applicable 3,348,690
Notes for table 1
  • A registered application removes unnecessary duplicate requests for EI benefits that some individuals submit. It represents actual requests for EI benefits and initiates the process of determining EI eligibility and entitlement
  • A processed application represents the adjudication of a registered application that results in an initial decision. Every registered application will be adjudicated; however, high volumes can cause a processing backlog where an application is registered in one week is not processed until a subsequent week
  • A claim established is a processed application with a decision to pay the claim as it met the criteria of the EI program. As not all processed applications meet the EI program criteria, the number of claims established will be less than the number of processed applications
  • A beneficiary is someone who receives at least 1 payment. To receive EI payments, a beneficiary must file their bi-weekly report. Each bi-weekly filing enables up to 2 weeks of EI payments in arrears depending on the content of the filing. An individual who never files their bi-weekly report will not receive a payment and therefore will not become a beneficiary. As payments are 2 weeks in arrears, the last completed EI week will never show any beneficiaries
  • This data is operational in nature and will fluctuate over time. In any given week, the number of registered applications and processed applications will not equal each other due to timing and volume
  • Cumulative totals began on September 27, 2020 when the EI program reverted back to pre-CERB operations and the new Canada Recovery Benefits started
  • All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10

EI benefits

Table 2: EI benefits – Number of beneficiaries
EI benefits Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 1,970,410 2,637,700
Sickness 102,730 206,870
Fishing 14,650 19,870
Maternity and parental 179,960 285,230
Caregiving benefits and leave 6,760 14,210
Self employed 620 1,000
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 1,770 901,400
Total 2,275,680 3,348,690

Notes for table 2

Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
EI benefits  Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 18,297.98 21,176.41
Sickness 483.78 904.26
Fishing 141.09 237.60
Maternity and parental 2,346.70 2,431.92
Caregiving benefits and leave 47.60 80.09
Self employed 6.07 6.99
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 6.17 454.35
Total 21,329.39 25,291.61
Notes for table 2 and 3
  • A beneficiary is someone who receives at least 1 payment
  • Active benefits represent individuals currently receiving EI payments. The corresponding gross benefit dollars represent all gross dollars paid over the life of the claim
  • Beneficiaries can move between EI benefits over time. For example, a beneficiary who is on maternity could move to caregiving benefits for the next benefit period to care for a family member. Regardless of which benefit a beneficiary moves to, they are only eligible to receive one EI benefit type per period. As a result, all values are recalculated every period
  • All values for number of beneficiaries are rounded to the nearest 10
  • Gross benefit dollars (millions) represents the gross amount paid, rounded to the nearest thousand. These amounts do not include tax withholds. EI withholds tax at source for all EI benefits except for the emergency response benefit

Active beneficiaries by province or territory and age group

Table 4: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and age group – Number of beneficiaries
Provinces and territories Under 25 25 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 65 and older Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 9,640 14,800 14,150 17,490 21,250 7,520 84,840
Prince Edward Island 3,740 4,160 3,320 3,480 4,370 2,350 21,420
Nova Scotia 9,270 19,320 14,790 14,570 17,010 6,450 81,410
New Brunswick 14,740 18,280 15,550 16,940 20,900 7,070 93,480
Quebec 64,040 112,580 99,360 91,540 112,980 40,510 521,010
Ontario 114,860 226,240 159,700 130,340 133,890 43,250 808,280
Manitoba 12,300 21,390 14,800 11,150 10,940 3,880 74,460
Saskatchewan 7,840 17,760 12,650 9,070 8,870 3,510 59,700
Alberta 37,890 77,150 61,030 43,940 41,490 13,100 274,610
British Columbia 28,040 68,440 52,440 40,960 43,870 16,000 249,730
Yukon 230 770 570 340 380 150 2,430
Northwest Territories 240 740 530 390 360 100 2,350
Nunavut 180 400 280 220 110 20 1,210
Not applicable 40 300 240 90 50 20 750
Total 303,040 582,320 449,410 380,510 416,470 143,920 2,275,680

Notes for table 4

Table 5: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and age group - Percentage of beneficiaries
Provinces and territories Under 25 25 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 65 and older Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 11.4% 17.4% 16.7% 20.6% 25.0% 8.9% 3.7%
Prince Edward Island 17.4% 19.4% 15.5% 16.2% 20.4% 11.0% 0.9%
Nova Scotia 11.4% 23.7% 18.2% 17.9% 20.9% 7.9% 3.6%
New Brunswick 15.8% 19.6% 16.6% 18.1% 22.4% 7.6% 4.1%
Quebec 12.3% 21.6% 19.1% 17.6% 21.7% 7.8% 22.9%
Ontario 14.2% 28.0% 19.8% 16.1% 16.6% 5.4% 35.5%
Manitoba 16.5% 28.7% 19.9% 15.0% 14.7% 5.2% 3.3%
Saskatchewan 13.1% 29.8% 21.2% 15.2% 14.9% 5.9% 2.6%
Alberta 13.8% 28.1% 22.2% 16.0% 15.1% 4.8% 12.1%
British Columbia 11.2% 27.4% 21.0% 16.4% 17.6% 6.4% 11.0%
Yukon 9.4% 31.6% 23.6% 13.8% 15.7% 6.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 10.0% 31.3% 22.4% 16.4% 15.5% 4.4% 0.1%
Nunavut 15.2% 32.8% 23.3% 18.4% 8.7% 1.7% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.1% 40.8% 32.6% 11.5% 7.2% 2.7% 0.0%
Total 13.3% 25.6% 19.7% 16.7% 18.3% 6.3% 100.0%

Notes for table 5

Table 6: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and age group – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
Provinces and territories Under 25 25 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 65 and older Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 79.04 132.39 123.45 148.81 188.19 72.65 744.53
Prince Edward Island 38.22 41.01 31.54 31.81 40.75 23.52 206.86
Nova Scotia 83.72 189.43 140.02 125.94 149.94 61.97 751.03
New Brunswick 147.12 168.80 135.17 137.95 174.95 68.10 832.09
Quebec 536.31 926.47 813.98 749.21 957.00 396.53 4,379.49
Ontario 1,011.30 2,290.77 1,622.90 1,180.97 1,228.30 440.78 7,775.02
Manitoba 114.67 218.81 145.36 98.90 98.92 40.11 716.79
Saskatchewan 72.16 187.01 127.39 86.10 85.42 37.02 595.10
Alberta 345.49 808.16 634.52 434.72 423.90 142.69 2,789.48
British Columbia 252.99 695.93 542.70 387.60 421.74 167.48 2,468.45
Yukon 2.19 8.22 6.25 3.36 3.99 1.61 25.61
Northwest Territories 2.39 8.36 6.11 4.33 4.04 1.12 26.34
Nunavut 1.98 4.47 3.11 2.41 1.08 0.22 13.28
Not applicable 0.27 2.02 1.71 0.61 0.53 0.13 5.27
Total 2,687.85 5,681.87 4,334.20 3,392.73 3,778.76 1,453.94 21,329.39

Notes for table 6

Table 7: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and age group – Percentage of gross benefit
Provinces and territories Under 25 25 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 65 and older Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 10.6% 17.8% 16.6% 20.0% 25.3% 9.8% 3.5%
Prince Edward Island 18.5% 19.8% 15.2% 15.4% 19.7% 11.4% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 11.1% 25.2% 18.6% 16.8% 20.0% 8.3% 3.5%
New Brunswick 17.7% 20.3% 16.2% 16.6% 21.0% 8.2% 3.9%
Quebec 12.2% 21.2% 18.6% 17.1% 21.9% 9.1% 20.5%
Ontario 13.0% 29.5% 20.9% 15.2% 15.8% 5.7% 36.5%
Manitoba 16.0% 30.5% 20.3% 13.8% 13.8% 5.6% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 12.1% 31.4% 21.4% 14.5% 14.4% 6.2% 2.8%
Alberta 12.4% 29.0% 22.7% 15.6% 15.2% 5.1% 13.1%
British Columbia 10.2% 28.2% 22.0% 15.7% 17.1% 6.8% 11.6%
Yukon 8.5% 32.1% 24.4% 13.1% 15.6% 6.3% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 9.1% 31.7% 23.2% 16.4% 15.3% 4.2% 0.1%
Nunavut 14.9% 33.7% 23.4% 18.2% 8.1% 1.7% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.2% 38.4% 32.3% 11.6% 10.0% 2.5% 0.0%
Total 12.6% 26.6% 20.3% 15.9% 17.7% 6.8% 100.0%

Notes for table 7

Active beneficiaries by province or territory and gender

Table 8: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and gender – Number of beneficiaries
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 36,090 48,720 30 84,840
Prince Edward Island 9,360 12,040 20 21,420
Nova Scotia 35,940 45,380 90 81,410
New Brunswick 41,320 52,120 50 93,480
Quebec 206,860 313,870 280 521,010
Ontario 430,070 377,650 560 808,280
Manitoba 36,060 38,340 60 74,460
Saskatchewan 26,820 32,850 40 59,700
Alberta 132,180 142,230 190 274,610
British Columbia 134,010 115,500 220 249,730
Yukon 1,110 1,320 20 2,450
Northwest Territories 1,060 1,290   2,350
Nunavut 560 650   1,210
Not applicable 220 520   740
Total 1,091,660 1,182,470 1,560 2,275,680

Notes for table 8

Table 9: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and gender - Percentage of beneficiaries
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 42.5% 57.4% 0.0% 3.7%
Prince Edward Island 43.7% 56.2% 0.1% 0.9%
Nova Scotia 44.1% 55.7% 0.1% 3.6%
New Brunswick 44.2% 55.8% 0.0% 4.1%
Quebec 39.7% 60.2% 0.1% 22.9%
Ontario 53.2% 46.7% 0.1% 35.5%
Manitoba 48.4% 51.5% 0.1% 3.3%
Saskatchewan 44.9% 55.0% 0.1% 2.6%
Alberta 48.1% 51.8% 0.1% 12.1%
British Columbia 53.7% 46.2% 0.1% 11.0%
Yukon 45.5% 53.7% 0.8% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 45.0% 55.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 46.6% 53.4% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 29.8% 70.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 48.0% 52.0% 0.1% 100.0%

Notes for table 9

Table 10: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and gender – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 314.55 429.73 0.25 744.53
Prince Edward Island 91.79 114.85 0.22 206.86
Nova Scotia 347.74 402.44 0.85 751.03
New Brunswick 370.80 460.82 0.46 832.09
Quebec 1,823.21 2,553.75 2.53 4,379.49
Ontario 4,358.31 3,411.28 5.43 7,775.02
Manitoba 367.45 348.72 0.62 716.79
Saskatchewan 282.25 312.48 0.37 595.10
Alberta 1,414.54 1,373.04 1.89 2,789.48
British Columbia 1,386.98 1,079.40 2.08 2,468.45
Yukon 12.52 13.07 0.02 25.61
Northwest Territories 12.27 14.08   26.34
Nunavut 6.54 6.75   13.28
Not applicable 2.27 3.01   5.27
Total 10,791.20 10,523.43 14.72 21,329.39

Notes for table 10

Table 11: EI active beneficiaries by province or territory and gender – Percentage of gross benefit
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 42.2% 57.7% 0.0% 3.5%
Prince Edward Island 44.4% 55.5% 0.1% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 46.3% 53.6% 0.1% 3.5%
New Brunswick 44.6% 55.4% 0.1% 3.9%
Quebec 41.6% 58.3% 0.1% 20.5%
Ontario 56.1% 43.9% 0.1% 36.5%
Manitoba 51.3% 48.7% 0.1% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 47.4% 52.5% 0.1% 2.8%
Alberta 50.7% 49.2% 0.1% 13.1%
British Columbia 56.2% 43.7% 0.1% 11.6%
Yukon 48.9% 51.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 46.6% 53.4% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 49.2% 50.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 43.0% 57.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 50.6% 49.3% 0.1% 100.0%

Notes for tables 4 to 11 inclusively

  • A beneficiary is someone who receives at least 1 payment
  • All values for number of beneficiaries are rounded to the nearest 10. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of the active beneficiary values
  • Gross benefit dollars (millions) represents the gross amount paid, rounded to the nearest thousand. These amounts do not include tax withhold. EI withholds tax at source for all EI benefits except for the emergency response benefit. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of individual values
  • The column 'Gender diverse' represents beneficiaries whose gender is either non-binary or not disclosed
  • Not applicable is used when a beneficiary provides an address outside of Canada. While the EI program requires individuals to reside inside Canada to qualify, some individuals may be currently out of the country on a temporary basis, or working in Canada on a temporary basis. For example:
    • a student who is temporarily abroad
    • someone temporarily working abroad, or
    • temporary worker who has fallen ill but their home address is in another country
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