Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is updated weekly and is current as of September 25, 2022.

Week of September 19: First-time beneficiaries

5,750

Active beneficiaries

794,020

Total gross benefit dollars since September 27, 2020

70.92 billion
Notes
  • 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
  • Active beneficiaries are individuals currently receiving EI payments
  • 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 September 19, 2022 Cumulative from September 27, 2020
Registered applications 39,270 8,420,630
Processed applications 41,020 8,233,370
Claims established (approved applications) 40,320 6,287,530
Beneficiaries Not applicable 5,047,830
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 504,970 3,726,260
Sickness 82,680 621,110
Fishing 12,410 25,070
Maternity and parental 187,500 619,690
Caregiving benefits and leave 5,760 43,220
Self employed 710 2,500
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 901,570
Total 794,020 5,047,830

Notes for table 2

Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
EI benefits Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 3,239.67 55,719.98
Sickness 393.42 3,617.45
Fishing 91.08 755.79
Maternity and parental 2,486.03 10,032.75
Caregiving benefits and leave 36.93 309.52
Self employed 6.09 30.07
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 456.68
Total 6,253.20 70,922.24
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 3,330 7,700 7,830 9,760 13,030 4,780 46,430
Prince Edward Island 1,330 2,250 1,710 1,650 2,140 1,060 10,130
Nova Scotia 3,000 9,840 7,610 6,560 7,970 3,070 38,060
New Brunswick 3,490 9,440 7,980 8,370 11,040 3,760 44,070
Quebec 10,360 37,540 38,860 34,190 39,140 12,260 172,350
Ontario 13,860 96,600 68,010 38,340 36,710 10,210 263,720
Manitoba 2,630 9,890 6,790 3,860 3,320 940 27,420
Saskatchewan 2,000 8,450 5,290 2,900 2,500 870 22,000
Alberta 5,600 29,390 21,470 11,050 9,720 2,740 79,970
British Columbia 4,850 30,290 24,200 12,270 11,880 3,410 86,900
Yukon 40 270 230 70 80 20 700
Northwest Territories 70 340 230 120 110 30 890
Nunavut 90 270 190 120 50 20 740
Not applicable 30 300 220 60 30 20 660
Total 50,650 242,580 190,590 129,320 137,720 43,190 794,020

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 7.2% 16.6% 16.9% 21.0% 28.1% 10.3% 5.8%
Prince Edward Island 13.1% 22.2% 16.9% 16.3% 21.1% 10.5% 1.3%
Nova Scotia 7.9% 25.9% 20.0% 17.2% 20.9% 8.1% 4.8%
New Brunswick 7.9% 21.4% 18.1% 19.0% 25.0% 8.5% 5.6%
Quebec 6.0% 21.8% 22.5% 19.8% 22.7% 7.1% 21.7%
Ontario 5.3% 36.6% 25.8% 14.5% 13.9% 3.9% 33.2%
Manitoba 9.6% 36.1% 24.8% 14.1% 12.1% 3.4% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 9.1% 38.4% 24.0% 13.2% 11.4% 4.0% 2.8%
Alberta 7.0% 36.8% 26.8% 13.8% 12.2% 3.4% 10.1%
British Columbia 5.6% 34.9% 27.8% 14.1% 13.7% 3.9% 10.9%
Yukon 5.7% 38.4% 32.7% 9.5% 10.9% 2.9% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 7.3% 38.3% 25.3% 13.1% 12.6% 3.4% 0.1%
Nunavut 11.7% 36.7% 25.9% 15.8% 7.2% 2.7% 0.1%
Not applicable 4.5% 45.8% 32.7% 9.3% 4.7% 3.0% 0.1%
Total 6.4% 30.6% 24.0% 16.3% 17.3% 5.4% 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 22.47 74.01 70.94 86.42 120.32 45.97 420.13
Prince Edward Island 6.04 22.03 15.14 13.33 17.82 9.09 83.46
Nova Scotia 17.37 90.13 61.97 45.00 55.88 22.18 292.53
New Brunswick 21.64 87.77 68.65 68.17 94.99 35.52 376.74
Quebec 43.25 190.32 203.02 183.57 229.08 73.86 923.10
Ontario 82.60 984.87 656.40 226.23 217.46 57.39 2,224.95
Manitoba 15.70 97.09 60.24 23.46 20.91 5.83 223.23
Saskatchewan 13.08 90.55 48.94 19.98 17.73 6.56 196.83
Alberta 37.28 315.90 214.27 77.85 71.25 19.89 736.43
British Columbia 29.70 309.84 238.15 74.62 74.38 21.37 748.07
Yukon 0.34 3.30 2.29 0.55 0.57 0.14 7.18
Northwest Territories 0.62 3.95 2.39 0.92 0.84 0.26 8.99
Nunavut 0.75 2.91 2.08 1.19 0.52 0.13 7.58
Not applicable 0.11 1.88 1.36 0.35 0.23 0.07 3.99
Total 290.96 2,274.56 1,645.85 821.62 921.97 298.23 6,253.20

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 5.3% 17.6% 16.9% 20.6% 28.6% 10.9% 6.7%
Prince Edward Island 7.2% 26.4% 18.1% 16.0% 21.4% 10.9% 1.3%
Nova Scotia 5.9% 30.8% 21.2% 15.4% 19.1% 7.6% 4.7%
New Brunswick 5.7% 23.3% 18.2% 18.1% 25.2% 9.4% 6.0%
Quebec 4.7% 20.6% 22.0% 19.9% 24.8% 8.0% 14.8%
Ontario 3.7% 44.3% 29.5% 10.2% 9.8% 2.6% 35.6%
Manitoba 7.0% 43.5% 27.0% 10.5% 9.4% 2.6% 3.6%
Saskatchewan 6.6% 46.0% 24.9% 10.1% 9.0% 3.3% 3.1%
Alberta 5.1% 42.9% 29.1% 10.6% 9.7% 2.7% 11.8%
British Columbia 4.0% 41.4% 31.8% 10.0% 9.9% 2.9% 12.0%
Yukon 4.7% 46.0% 31.9% 7.6% 7.9% 1.9% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 6.9% 44.0% 26.6% 10.3% 9.3% 2.9% 0.1%
Nunavut 9.9% 38.4% 27.4% 15.7% 6.9% 1.7% 0.1%
Not applicable 2.7% 47.0% 34.1% 8.7% 5.7% 1.7% 0.1%
Total 4.7% 36.4% 26.3% 13.1% 14.7% 4.8% 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 20,080 26,360 46,430
Prince Edward Island 4,870 5,260 10,130
Nova Scotia 18,120 19,940 38,060
New Brunswick 20,890 23,190 44,070
Quebec 68,530 103,830 172,350
Ontario 176,540 87,180 263,720
Manitoba 18,020 9,400 27,420
Saskatchewan 14,100 7,900 22,000
Alberta 51,950 28,010 79,970
British Columbia 57,960 28,940 86,900
Yukon 480 220 700
Northwest Territories 560 330 890
Nunavut 420 300 730
Not applicable 170 480 650
Total 452,680 341,330 794,020

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 43.2% 56.8% 0.0% 5.8%
Prince Edward Island 48.1% 51.9% 0.0% 1.3%
Nova Scotia 47.6% 52.4% 0.0% 4.8%
New Brunswick 47.4% 52.6% 0.0% 5.6%
Quebec 39.8% 60.2% 0.0% 21.7%
Ontario 66.9% 33.1% 0.0% 33.2%
Manitoba 65.7% 34.3% 0.0% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 64.1% 35.9% 0.0% 2.8%
Alberta 65.0% 35.0% 0.0% 10.1%
British Columbia 66.7% 33.3% 0.0% 10.9%
Yukon 68.5% 31.5% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 63.3% 36.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 58.2% 41.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 26.0% 74.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Total 57.0% 43.0% 0.0% 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 166.31 253.82 420.13
Prince Edward Island 38.11 45.35 83.46
Nova Scotia 142.27 150.27 292.53
New Brunswick 168.79 207.95 376.74
Quebec 317.69 605.40 923.10
Ontario 1,665.19 559.76 2,224.95
Manitoba 158.38 64.85 223.23
Saskatchewan 135.43 61.40 196.83
Alberta 517.80 218.63 736.43
British Columbia 554.07 194.00 748.07
Yukon 5.64 1.54 7.18
Northwest Territories 6.52 2.47 8.99
Nunavut 4.55 3.03 7.58
Not applicable 1.77 2.22 3.99
Total 3,882.51 2,370.69 6,253.20

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 39.6% 60.4% 0.0% 6.7%
Prince Edward Island 45.7% 54.3% 0.0% 1.3%
Nova Scotia 48.6% 51.4% 0.0% 4.7%
New Brunswick 44.8% 55.2% 0.0% 6.0%
Quebec 34.4% 65.6% 0.0% 14.8%
Ontario 74.8% 25.2% 0.0% 35.6%
Manitoba 70.9% 29.1% 0.0% 3.6%
Saskatchewan 68.8% 31.2% 0.0% 3.1%
Alberta 70.3% 29.7% 0.0% 11.8%
British Columbia 74.1% 25.9% 0.0% 12.0%
Yukon 78.6% 21.4% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 72.5% 27.5% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 60.0% 40.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 44.4% 55.6% 0.0% 0.1%
Total 62.1% 37.9% 0.0% 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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