Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is updated weekly and is current as of July 18, 2021.

Week of July 12 First-time beneficiaries

8,800

Active beneficiaries

2,171,220

Total gross benefit dollars since September 27, 2020

38.87 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 July 12, 2021 Cumulative from September 27, 2020
Registered applications 68,080 4,820,630
Processed applications 68,780 4,735,860
Claims established (approved applications) 46,420 3,815,660
Beneficiaries Not applicable 3,878,600
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 1,861,290 3,017,070
Sickness 102,070 305,770
Fishing 9,890 20,670
Maternity and parental 191,710 353,370
Caregiving benefits and leave 6,720 19,750
Self employed 670 1,310
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 901,540
Total 2,171,220 3,878,600

Notes for table 2

Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
EI benefits  Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 24,496.83 32,681.10
Sickness 516.46 1,460.46
Fishing 40.45 308.73
Maternity and parental 2,603.35 3,832.41
Caregiving benefits and leave 49.97 124.94
Self employed 7.20 11.36
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 454.58
Total 27,714.26 38,873.58
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 8,660 13,430 13,370 16,510 20,840 8,060 80,880
Prince Edward Island 2,060 3,570 2,890 2,900 3,610 1,990 17,020
Nova Scotia 9,790 20,060 15,460 14,720 17,400 6,600 84,010
New Brunswick 10,000 16,740 14,510 15,610 19,920 7,130 83,920
Quebec 44,220 93,400 88,220 81,260 100,840 40,370 448,300
Ontario 102,380 221,510 163,920 135,910 137,380 46,650 807,750
Manitoba 10,630 20,910 15,580 12,380 11,320 3,950 74,780
Saskatchewan 6,430 16,520 12,450 8,990 8,450 3,270 56,110
Alberta 32,070 72,350 59,730 43,580 41,080 13,380 262,190
British Columbia 24,750 66,830 54,490 42,510 44,630 16,610 249,820
Yukon 150 600 490 270 290 120 1,920
Northwest Territories 210 750 550 380 370 120 2,370
Nunavut 230 490 310 280 140 30 1,480
Not applicable 40 270 230 80 50 20 680
Total 251,610 547,420 442,200 375,360 406,320 148,310 2,171,220

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 10.7% 16.6% 16.5% 20.4% 25.8% 10.0% 3.7%
Prince Edward Island 12.1% 21.0% 17.0% 17.0% 21.2% 11.7% 0.8%
Nova Scotia 11.6% 23.9% 18.4% 17.5% 20.7% 7.9% 3.9%
New Brunswick 11.9% 20.0% 17.3% 18.6% 23.7% 8.5% 3.9%
Quebec 9.9% 20.8% 19.7% 18.1% 22.5% 9.0% 20.6%
Ontario 12.7% 27.4% 20.3% 16.8% 17.0% 5.8% 37.2%
Manitoba 14.2% 28.0% 20.8% 16.6% 15.1% 5.3% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 11.5% 29.4% 22.2% 16.0% 15.1% 5.8% 2.6%
Alberta 12.2% 27.6% 22.8% 16.6% 15.7% 5.1% 12.1%
British Columbia 9.9% 26.8% 21.8% 17.0% 17.9% 6.6% 11.5%
Yukon 7.7% 31.3% 25.5% 13.9% 15.2% 6.4% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 8.9% 31.7% 23.1% 15.9% 15.5% 4.8% 0.1%
Nunavut 15.3% 33.1% 21.1% 18.8% 9.4% 2.3% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.3% 38.7% 33.6% 11.5% 7.9% 2.9% 0.0%
Total 11.6% 25.2% 20.4% 17.3% 18.7% 6.8% 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 106.03 169.29 161.31 192.33 251.63 108.46 989.06
Prince Edward Island 26.96 43.81 33.97 32.90 41.34 26.14 205.12
Nova Scotia 109.72 249.57 189.97 168.88 204.29 88.08 1,010.51
New Brunswick 133.60 209.10 175.17 178.00 231.64 99.72 1,027.23
Quebec 542.49 1,041.77 983.32 913.09 1,191.79 576.45 5,248.91
Ontario 1,347.60 2,925.65 2,170.51 1,694.70 1,778.30 684.34 10,601.10
Manitoba 134.53 268.88 189.37 134.80 129.56 56.70 913.84
Saskatchewan 81.49 218.89 161.00 110.30 107.61 48.62 727.91
Alberta 426.65 995.71 829.46 587.43 584.71 213.89 3,637.85
British Columbia 314.66 861.99 710.46 536.42 590.17 252.65 3,266.35
Yukon 2.02 7.94 6.56 3.62 4.07 1.90 26.10
Northwest Territories 2.87 10.77 8.15 5.63 5.40 1.78 34.60
Nunavut 2.72 6.56 4.40 3.88 1.86 0.48 19.89
Not applicable 0.33 2.02 1.81 0.77 0.66 0.19 5.78
Total 3,231.68 7,011.93 5,625.46 4,562.77 5,123.02 2,159.40 27,714.26

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 10.7% 17.1% 16.3% 19.4% 25.4% 11.0% 3.6%
Prince Edward Island 13.1% 21.4% 16.6% 16.0% 20.2% 12.7% 0.7%
Nova Scotia 10.9% 24.7% 18.8% 16.7% 20.2% 8.7% 3.6%
New Brunswick 13.0% 20.4% 17.1% 17.3% 22.6% 9.7% 3.7%
Quebec 10.3% 19.8% 18.7% 17.4% 22.7% 11.0% 18.9%
Ontario 12.7% 27.6% 20.5% 16.0% 16.8% 6.5% 38.3%
Manitoba 14.7% 29.4% 20.7% 14.8% 14.2% 6.2% 3.3%
Saskatchewan 11.2% 30.1% 22.1% 15.2% 14.8% 6.7% 2.6%
Alberta 11.7% 27.4% 22.8% 16.1% 16.1% 5.9% 13.1%
British Columbia 9.6% 26.4% 21.8% 16.4% 18.1% 7.7% 11.8%
Yukon 7.7% 30.4% 25.1% 13.9% 15.6% 7.3% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 8.3% 31.1% 23.5% 16.3% 15.6% 5.2% 0.1%
Nunavut 13.7% 33.0% 22.1% 19.5% 9.3% 2.4% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.7% 35.0% 31.3% 13.3% 11.4% 3.2% 0.0%
Total 11.7% 25.3% 20.3% 16.5% 18.5% 7.8% 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 36,400 44,460 20 80,880
Prince Edward Island 8,390 8,620 20 17,030
Nova Scotia 41,300 42,650 70 84,010
New Brunswick 40,470 43,400 40 83,920
Quebec 199,850 248,280 170 448,300
Ontario 477,540 329,800 410 807,750
Manitoba 42,800 31,940 40 74,780
Saskatchewan 30,790 25,300 30 56,110
Alberta 142,000 120,050 140 262,190
British Columbia 144,570 105,100 140 249,820
Yukon 1,050 870 20 1,940
Northwest Territories 1,220 1,160   2,370
Nunavut 740 740   1,480
Not applicable 240 440   680
Total 1,167,340 1,002,800 1,100 2,171,220

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 45.0% 55.0% 0.0% 3.7%
Prince Edward Island 49.2% 50.6% 0.1% 0.8%
Nova Scotia 49.2% 50.8% 0.1% 3.9%
New Brunswick 48.2% 51.7% 0.0% 3.9%
Quebec 44.6% 55.4% 0.0% 20.6%
Ontario 59.1% 40.8% 0.1% 37.2%
Manitoba 57.2% 42.7% 0.1% 3.4%
Saskatchewan 54.9% 45.1% 0.0% 2.6%
Alberta 54.2% 45.8% 0.1% 12.1%
British Columbia 57.9% 42.1% 0.1% 11.5%
Yukon 54.0% 45.0% 1.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 51.2% 48.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 50.3% 49.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 35.6% 64.4% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 53.8% 46.2% 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 439.44 549.31 0.30 989.06
Prince Edward Island 99.46 105.41 0.25 205.12
Nova Scotia 493.41 516.10 1.00 1,010.51
New Brunswick 479.69 546.90 0.64 1,027.23
Quebec 2,340.15 2,906.07 2.69 5,248.91
Ontario 6,118.38 4,475.77 6.95 10,601.10
Manitoba 504.27 408.86 0.71 913.84
Saskatchewan 375.86 351.63 0.42 727.91
Alberta 1,909.53 1,725.98 2.35 3,637.85
British Columbia 1,849.13 1,414.78 2.44 3,266.35
Yukon 13.89 12.20 0.01 26.10
Northwest Territories 17.02 17.58   34.60
Nunavut 9.41 10.48   19.89
Not applicable 2.98 2.80   5.78
Total 14,652.61 13,043.88 17.77 27,714.26

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 44.4% 55.5% 0.0% 3.6%
Prince Edward Island 48.5% 51.4% 0.1% 0.7%
Nova Scotia 48.8% 51.1% 0.1% 3.6%
New Brunswick 46.7% 53.2% 0.1% 3.7%
Quebec 44.6% 55.4% 0.1% 18.9%
Ontario 57.7% 42.2% 0.1% 38.3%
Manitoba 55.2% 44.7% 0.1% 3.3%
Saskatchewan 51.6% 48.3% 0.1% 2.6%
Alberta 52.5% 47.4% 0.1% 13.1%
British Columbia 56.6% 43.3% 0.1% 11.8%
Yukon 53.2% 46.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 49.2% 50.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 47.3% 52.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 51.5% 48.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 52.9% 47.1% 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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