Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is updated weekly and is current as of October 10, 2021.

Week of October 4 First-time beneficiaries

5,300

Active beneficiaries

1,097,530

Total gross benefit dollars since September 27, 2020

48.58 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 October 4, 2021 Cumulative from September 27, 2020
Registered applications 98,400 5,518,660
Processed applications 68,820 5,315,750
Claims established (approved applications) 37,010 4,082,000
Beneficiaries Not applicable 4,166,780
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 802,020 3,196,390
Sickness 89,250 363,730
Fishing 12,070 20,980
Maternity and parental 187,250 410,210
Caregiving benefits and leave 6,290 24,270
Self employed 700 1,530
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 901,460
Total 1,097,530 4,166,780

Notes for table 2

Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
EI benefits  Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 9,330.23 40,535.13
Sickness 492.80 1,931.71
Fishing 101.01 386.31
Maternity and parental 2,554.53 5,085.03
Caregiving benefits and leave 45.79 166.82
Self employed 7.48 15.23
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 456.50
Total 12,531.85 48,576.72
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 5,960 8,840 8,350 10,040 13,270 5,290 51,750
Prince Edward Island 1,660 2,580 1,860 1,720 2,150 1,240 11,200
Nova Scotia 5,820 12,240 8,650 7,840 9,100 3,480 47,120
New Brunswick 7,820 11,270 8,650 8,950 11,550 4,080 52,330
Quebec 21,930 49,650 46,700 42,090 52,010 18,200 230,590
Ontario 39,570 127,010 85,360 57,830 58,200 16,800 384,770
Manitoba 5,360 13,110 8,500 5,540 4,820 1,470 38,810
Saskatchewan 3,770 11,040 6,750 3,940 3,540 1,320 30,360
Alberta 13,930 41,250 29,180 17,260 15,920 4,570 122,110
British Columbia 11,120 40,460 30,000 18,040 18,610 6,090 124,330
Yukon 100 420 310 140 150 60 1,170
Northwest Territories 170 510 320 220 190 40 1,440
Nunavut 170 370 220 180 90 20 1,060
Not applicable 20 210 190 50 30 20 520
Total 117,410 318,960 235,020 173,840 189,620 62,680 1,097,530

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 11.5% 17.1% 16.1% 19.4% 25.6% 10.2% 4.7%
Prince Edward Island 14.8% 23.0% 16.6% 15.3% 19.2% 11.0% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 12.4% 26.0% 18.4% 16.6% 19.3% 7.4% 4.3%
New Brunswick 14.9% 21.5% 16.5% 17.1% 22.1% 7.8% 4.8%
Quebec 9.5% 21.5% 20.3% 18.3% 22.6% 7.9% 21.0%
Ontario 10.3% 33.0% 22.2% 15.0% 15.1% 4.4% 35.1%
Manitoba 13.8% 33.8% 21.9% 14.3% 12.4% 3.8% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 12.4% 36.4% 22.2% 13.0% 11.7% 4.4% 2.8%
Alberta 11.4% 33.8% 23.9% 14.1% 13.0% 3.7% 11.1%
British Columbia 8.9% 32.5% 24.1% 14.5% 15.0% 4.9% 11.3%
Yukon 8.3% 35.9% 26.5% 11.5% 12.9% 4.9% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 11.5% 35.1% 22.2% 15.1% 13.3% 2.9% 0.1%
Nunavut 16.4% 35.3% 20.8% 17.1% 8.3% 2.1% 0.1%
Not applicable 4.3% 40.7% 36.2% 10.1% 4.8% 3.9% 0.0%
Total 10.7% 29.1% 21.4% 15.8% 17.3% 5.7% 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 65.33 108.85 98.66 115.50 158.70 69.13 616.16
Prince Edward Island 14.50 29.65 20.64 18.07 22.96 15.83 121.66
Nova Scotia 60.64 145.43 98.35 83.16 98.69 42.47 528.74
New Brunswick 69.13 130.08 96.29 95.98 127.38 53.48 572.33
Quebec 231.70 481.65 450.45 401.06 530.69 231.60 2,327.16
Ontario 482.25 1,563.82 1,031.64 617.51 634.26 210.18 4,539.66
Manitoba 62.03 159.87 98.11 57.30 52.24 19.50 449.05
Saskatchewan 42.03 137.85 81.69 44.54 42.13 18.04 366.28
Alberta 169.67 532.07 364.54 203.96 200.59 63.18 1,534.03
British Columbia 119.24 480.69 350.45 190.08 206.32 78.30 1,425.07
Yukon 1.09 5.48 4.02 1.75 2.14 0.91 15.38
Northwest Territories 1.91 6.51 4.27 3.09 2.58 0.61 18.96
Nunavut 2.08 4.53 2.67 2.40 1.15 0.30 13.13
Not applicable 0.22 1.68 1.56 0.42 0.23 0.11 4.22
Total 1,321.82 3,788.17 2,703.32 1,834.83 2,080.07 803.63 12,531.85

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% 17.7% 16.0% 18.7% 25.8% 11.2% 4.9%
Prince Edward Island 11.9% 24.4% 17.0% 14.9% 18.9% 13.0% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 11.5% 27.5% 18.6% 15.7% 18.7% 8.0% 4.2%
New Brunswick 12.1% 22.7% 16.8% 16.8% 22.3% 9.3% 4.6%
Quebec 10.0% 20.7% 19.4% 17.2% 22.8% 10.0% 18.6%
Ontario 10.6% 34.4% 22.7% 13.6% 14.0% 4.6% 36.2%
Manitoba 13.8% 35.6% 21.8% 12.8% 11.6% 4.3% 3.6%
Saskatchewan 11.5% 37.6% 22.3% 12.2% 11.5% 4.9% 2.9%
Alberta 11.1% 34.7% 23.8% 13.3% 13.1% 4.1% 12.2%
British Columbia 8.4% 33.7% 24.6% 13.3% 14.5% 5.5% 11.4%
Yukon 7.1% 35.6% 26.1% 11.4% 13.9% 5.9% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 10.1% 34.3% 22.5% 16.3% 13.6% 3.2% 0.2%
Nunavut 15.9% 34.5% 20.4% 18.3% 8.7% 2.3% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.3% 39.9% 36.9% 9.9% 5.5% 2.6% 0.0%
Total 10.5% 30.2% 21.6% 14.6% 16.6% 6.4% 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 22,610 29,140 20 51,760
Prince Edward Island 5,440 5,750 20 11,210
Nova Scotia 22,630 24,470 20 47,120
New Brunswick 25,240 27,070 20 52,340
Quebec 97,340 133,200 50 230,590
Ontario 231,450 153,200 110 384,770
Manitoba 22,630 16,170 20 38,820
Saskatchewan 17,490 12,870 20 30,380
Alberta 70,480 51,590 50 122,110
British Columbia 75,160 49,140 40 124,330
Yukon 670 510   1,170
Northwest Territories 800 640   1,440
Nunavut 570 490   1,060
Not applicable 180 320   510
Total 592,670 504,560 370 1,097,530

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 43.7% 56.3% 0.0% 4.7%
Prince Edward Island 48.5% 51.3% 0.2% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 48.0% 51.9% 0.0% 4.3%
New Brunswick 48.2% 51.7% 0.0% 4.8%
Quebec 42.2% 57.8% 0.0% 21.0%
Ontario 60.2% 39.8% 0.0% 35.1%
Manitoba 58.3% 41.7% 0.1% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 57.6% 42.4% 0.1% 2.8%
Alberta 57.7% 42.2% 0.0% 11.1%
British Columbia 60.4% 39.5% 0.0% 11.3%
Yukon 56.8% 43.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 55.4% 44.6% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 54.1% 45.9% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 36.0% 64.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 54.0% 46.0% 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 262.26 353.75 0.14 616.16
Prince Edward Island 57.57 63.98 0.12 121.66
Nova Scotia 252.54 275.83 0.36 528.74
New Brunswick 260.40 311.77 0.16 572.33
Quebec 943.09 1,383.17 0.90 2,327.16
Ontario 2,786.03 1,751.66 1.97 4,539.66
Manitoba 264.93 183.92 0.20 449.05
Saskatchewan 207.09 159.11 0.07 366.28
Alberta 885.81 647.41 0.81 1,534.03
British Columbia 875.54 548.89 0.65 1,425.07
Yukon 8.69 6.69   15.38
Northwest Territories 10.26 8.70   18.96
Nunavut 6.60 6.53   13.13
Not applicable 2.15 2.07   4.22
Total 6,822.98 5,703.49 5.38 12,531.85

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 42.6% 57.4% 0.0% 4.9%
Prince Edward Island 47.3% 52.6% 0.1% 1.0%
Nova Scotia 47.8% 52.2% 0.1% 4.2%
New Brunswick 45.5% 54.5% 0.0% 4.6%
Quebec 40.5% 59.4% 0.0% 18.6%
Ontario 61.4% 38.6% 0.0% 36.2%
Manitoba 59.0% 41.0% 0.0% 3.6%
Saskatchewan 56.5% 43.4% 0.0% 2.9%
Alberta 57.7% 42.2% 0.1% 12.2%
British Columbia 61.4% 38.5% 0.0% 11.4%
Yukon 56.5% 43.5% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 54.1% 45.9% 0.0% 0.2%
Nunavut 50.2% 49.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 51.0% 49.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Total 54.4% 45.5% 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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