Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is current as of February 18, 2024.

Notes
  • First-time recipients are individuals receiving an EI payment for the first time since April 1, 2023.
  • Active recipients are individuals currently receiving EI payments
  • Total gross benefit dollars are cumulative since April 1, 2023

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Application processing statistics

Table 1: EI application processing statistics
Employment Insurance (EI) program Week starting on February 12, 2024 Cumulative from April 1, 2023
Registered applications 46,460 2,850,620
Processed applications 54,380 2,844,310
Claims established (approved applications) 18,980 1,627,690
Recipients Not applicable 2,241,910
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 registered in one week may not be 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 recipient is someone who receives at least one payment. To receive EI payments, a recipient must file their bi-weekly report. Each bi-weekly filing enables up to two 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 recipient. As payments are two weeks in arrears, the last completed EI week will never show any recipients
  • This data is operational in nature and will fluctuate over time. For any given week, the number of registered applications and processed applications will not be equal due to timing and volume
  • Cumulative totals are as of April 1, 2023
  • All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10

EI benefits statistics by type

Table 2: EI benefits – Number of recipients by benefit type
EI benefits Active recipients Cumulative recipients since April 1, 2023
Regular 759,070 1,550,690
Sickness 111,140 319,130
Fishing 15,960 22,250
Maternity and parental 169,560 338,830
Caregiving 6,860 21,680
Self employed 800 1,610
Total 1,063,390 2,241,910
Notes for table 2
  • A recipient is someone who receives at least one payment
  • Recipients can receive more than one type of benefit. For example, a recipient who is receiving EI maternity benefits can change to receive EI caregiving benefits. Regardless of which benefit type a recipient receives, they are only eligible to receive one benefit type per week
  • Active recipients represent individuals currently receiving EI payments
  • All values are rounded to the nearest 10 and are recalculated every week. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of individual values
Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit paid to recipients by benefit type (millions)
EI benefits Gross benefit paid to active recipients Gross benefit paid to recipients since April 1, 2023
Regular 4,272.50 9,242.76
Sickness 708.94 1,837.61
Fishing 97.96 305.07
Maternity and parental 2,199.54 3,354.03
Caregiving 40.87 113.68
Self employed 6.79 11.15
Total 7,326.60 14,864.29
Notes for table 3
  • Gross benefit paid (millions) represents the amount paid, before tax. EI deducts tax at source for all EI benefits. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of individual values
  • Active recipients represent individuals currently receiving EI payments
  • A recipient is someone who receives at least one payment

EI recipients statistics

Active recipients by province or territory and age group

Table 4: EI active recipients by province or territory and age group – Number of active recipients
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 4,460 8,450 8,790 11,660 16,230 6,240 55,810
Prince Edward Island 2,160 3,040 2,390 2,480 3,310 1,930 15,300
Nova Scotia 4,220 11,180 8,520 7,810 9,730 3,800 45,250
New Brunswick 4,660 10,950 9,620 10,490 13,750 5,040 54,510
Quebec 20,100 59,200 57,720 48,660 56,450 18,990 261,130
Ontario 47,570 128,470 66,830 49,290 41,880 8,770 342,810
Manitoba 4,440 12,210 7,930 4,840 4,790 1,530 35,730
Saskatchewan 3,380 10,040 6,460 4,010 4,150 1,710 29,740
Alberta 10,650 37,950 26,450 15,050 13,690 3,970 107,770
British Columbia 8,900 37,410 27,410 15,800 16,260 5,310 111,100
Yukon 120 430 380 170 220 80 1,390
Northwest Territories 90 400 310 210 150 50 1,220
Nunavut 70 220 170 100 70 20 640
Not applicable 90 550 280 70 20 20 1,030
Total 110,900 320,500 223,240 170,620 180,700 57,460 1,063,390

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 5: EI active recipients by province or territory and age group – Percentage of active recipients
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 8.0% 15.1% 15.7% 20.9% 29.1% 11.2% 5.2%
Prince Edward Island 14.1% 19.9% 15.6% 16.2% 21.6% 12.6% 1.4%
Nova Scotia 9.3% 24.7% 18.8% 17.3% 21.5% 8.4% 4.3%
New Brunswick 8.5% 20.1% 17.6% 19.2% 25.2% 9.3% 5.1%
Quebec 7.7% 22.7% 22.1% 18.6% 21.6% 7.3% 24.6%
Ontario 13.9% 37.5% 19.5% 14.4% 12.2% 2.6% 32.2%
Manitoba 12.4% 34.2% 22.2% 13.5% 13.4% 4.3% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 11.4% 33.7% 21.7% 13.5% 13.9% 5.8% 2.8%
Alberta 9.9% 35.2% 24.5% 14.0% 12.7% 3.7% 10.1%
British Columbia 8.0% 33.7% 24.7% 14.2% 14.6% 4.8% 10.4%
Yukon 8.6% 31.0% 27.0% 12.3% 15.6% 5.5% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 7.4% 32.8% 25.8% 16.9% 12.7% 4.4% 0.1%
Nunavut 10.9% 33.6% 25.7% 16.0% 10.6% 3.1% 0.1%
Not applicable 8.5% 53.8% 27.5% 6.3% 1.9% 1.9% 0.1%
Total 10.4% 30.1% 21.0% 16.0% 17.0% 5.4% 100.0%

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 6: EI gross benefit paid to active recipients by province or territory and age group – Gross benefit paid (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 29.21 65.42 60.68 74.78 104.79 41.95 376.82
Prince Edward Island 14.44 23.71 17.00 15.37 20.00 11.58 102.10
Nova Scotia 25.74 93.09 63.17 50.92 58.88 22.84 314.64
New Brunswick 28.68 85.26 63.06 61.57 79.10 31.35 349.02
Quebec 85.67 271.34 269.88 237.36 285.25 97.32 1,246.84
Ontario 277.56 1,206.93 504.62 278.68 234.31 46.32 2,548.42
Manitoba 27.70 111.08 64.25 31.45 29.96 9.32 273.76
Saskatchewan 22.90 101.12 55.88 28.46 28.82 11.31 248.48
Alberta 70.74 368.72 238.26 110.92 100.15 27.82 916.60
British Columbia 55.03 354.89 248.62 109.25 110.36 34.74 912.88
Yukon 0.77 4.30 3.30 1.23 1.65 0.62 11.87
Northwest Territories 0.70 4.38 3.39 2.02 1.36 0.50 12.35
Nunavut 0.71 2.62 1.75 1.13 0.66 0.08 6.95
Not applicable 0.42 3.41 1.58 0.32 0.12 0.01 5.87
Total 640.26 2,696.28 1,595.44 1,003.44 1,055.41 335.76 7,326.60

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 7: EI gross benefit paid to active recipients 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 7.8% 17.4% 16.1% 19.8% 27.8% 11.1% 5.1%
Prince Edward Island 14.1% 23.2% 16.7% 15.1% 19.6% 11.3% 1.4%
Nova Scotia 8.2% 29.6% 20.1% 16.2% 18.7% 7.3% 4.3%
New Brunswick 8.2% 24.4% 18.1% 17.6% 22.7% 9.0% 4.8%
Quebec 6.9% 21.8% 21.6% 19.0% 22.9% 7.8% 17.0%
Ontario 10.9% 47.4% 19.8% 10.9% 9.2% 1.8% 34.8%
Manitoba 10.1% 40.6% 23.5% 11.5% 10.9% 3.4% 3.7%
Saskatchewan 9.2% 40.7% 22.5% 11.5% 11.6% 4.6% 3.4%
Alberta 7.7% 40.2% 26.0% 12.1% 10.9% 3.0% 12.5%
British Columbia 6.0% 38.9% 27.2% 12.0% 12.1% 3.8% 12.5%
Yukon 6.5% 36.2% 27.8% 10.4% 13.9% 5.2% 0.2%
Northwest Territories 5.6% 35.4% 27.4% 16.4% 11.0% 4.1% 0.2%
Nunavut 10.2% 37.7% 25.2% 16.3% 9.5% 1.2% 0.1%
Not applicable 7.2% 58.1% 27.0% 5.5% 2.0% 0.2% 0.1%
Total 8.7% 36.8% 21.8% 13.7% 14.4% 4.6% 100.0%

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Active recipients by province or territory and gender

Table 8: EI active recipients by province or territory and gender – Number of active recipients
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 21,630 34,170 55,810
Prince Edward Island 6,370 8,930 15,300
Nova Scotia 18,690 26,560 45,250
New Brunswick 22,160 32,350 54,510
Quebec 75,720 185,410 261,130
Ontario 172,420 170,390 342,810
Manitoba 16,000 19,740 35,730
Saskatchewan 13,400 16,340 29,740
Alberta 50,390 57,380 107,770
British Columbia 56,860 54,240 111,100
Yukon 640 760 1,390
Northwest Territories 540 680 1,220
Nunavut 310 320 630
Not applicable 140 870 1,010
Total 455,260 608,130 1,063,390

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 9: EI active recipients by province or territory and gender – Percentage of active recipients
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 38.8% 61.2% 5.2%
Prince Edward Island 41.7% 58.3% 1.4%
Nova Scotia 41.3% 58.7% 4.3%
New Brunswick 40.7% 59.3% 5.1%
Quebec 29.0% 71.0% 24.6%
Ontario 50.3% 49.7% 32.2%
Manitoba 44.8% 55.2% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 45.1% 54.9% 2.8%
Alberta 46.8% 53.2% 10.1%
British Columbia 51.2% 48.8% 10.4%
Yukon 45.6% 54.4% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 44.0% 56.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 49.1% 50.9% 0.1%
Not applicable 13.6% 86.4% 0.1%
Total 42.8% 57.2% 100.0%

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 10: EI gross benefit paid to active recipients by province or territory and gender – Gross benefit paid (millions)
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 155.43 221.39 376.82
Prince Edward Island 45.32 56.78 102.10
Nova Scotia 146.47 168.17 314.64
New Brunswick 148.95 200.07 349.02
Quebec 402.19 844.64 1,246.84
Ontario 1,610.39 938.03 2,548.42
Manitoba 148.69 125.08 273.76
Saskatchewan 136.68 111.80 248.48
Alberta 516.88 399.72 916.60
British Columbia 548.02 364.86 912.88
Yukon 6.41 5.47 11.87
Northwest Territories 6.31 6.05 12.35
Nunavut 4.11 2.84 6.95
Not applicable 1.84 4.03 5.87
Total 3,877.68 3,448.92 7,326.60

Notes for tables 4 to 11

Table 11: EI gross benefit paid to active recipients by province or territory and gender – Percentage of gross benefit
Provinces and territories Female gender Male gender Total
Newfoundland and Labrador 41.2% 58.8% 5.1%
Prince Edward Island 44.4% 55.6% 1.4%
Nova Scotia 46.6% 53.4% 4.3%
New Brunswick 42.7% 57.3% 4.8%
Quebec 32.3% 67.7% 17.0%
Ontario 63.2% 36.8% 34.8%
Manitoba 54.3% 45.7% 3.7%
Saskatchewan 55.0% 45.0% 3.4%
Alberta 56.4% 43.6% 12.5%
British Columbia 60.0% 40.0% 12.5%
Yukon 54.0% 46.0% 0.2%
Northwest Territories 51.0% 49.0% 0.2%
Nunavut 59.1% 40.9% 0.1%
Not applicable 31.4% 68.6% 0.1%
Total 52.9% 47.1% 100.0%
Notes for tables 4 to 11
  • A recipient is someone who receives at least one payment
  • All values for number of recipients are rounded to the nearest 10. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of the active recipient values
  • Gross benefit paid (millions) represents the gross amount of benefits paid, before tax. EI deducts tax at source for all EI benefits. Rounding may cause a small difference between the total and the sum of individual values
  • Not applicable is used when a recipient 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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