Employment Insurance (EI) program statistics

All data is updated weekly and is current as of January 16, 2022.

Week of January 10: First-time beneficiaries

7,400

Active beneficiaries

1,139,170

Total gross benefit dollars since September 27, 2020

55.58 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 January 10, 2022 Cumulative from September 27, 2020
Registered applications 106,260 6,522,080
Processed applications 117,160 6,265,000
Claims established (approved applications) 90,740 4,901,660
Beneficiaries Not applicable 4,446,910
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 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 848,830 3,372,560
Sickness 84,140 434,590
Fishing 14,530 23,360
Maternity and parental 185,280 466,790
Caregiving benefits and leave 5,780 29,660
Self employed 670 1,740
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 901,490
Total 1,139,170 4,446,910

Notes for table 2

Table 3: EI benefits – Gross benefit dollars (millions)
EI benefits Active benefits Cumulative benefits from September 27, 2020
Regular 6,141.26 45,445.94
Sickness 408.11 2,446.02
Fishing 61.77 502.56
Maternity and parental 2,666.17 6,501.54
Caregiving benefits and leave 38.99 210.19
Self employed 7.89 19.75
Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada) - ended 0 456.53
Total 9,324.18 55,582.52
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 6,280 10,060 9,990 12,630 16,990 6,400 62,350
Prince Edward Island 3,100 3,400 2,530 2,520 3,450 2,010 17,010
Nova Scotia 6,330 13,580 9,910 9,210 11,240 4,310 54,580
New Brunswick 11,530 12,740 10,120 11,040 14,580 5,190 65,180
Quebec 25,350 57,190 53,930 51,100 64,020 21,560 273,150
Ontario 31,310 118,200 79,820 50,350 52,970 14,950 347,610
Manitoba 5,390 13,450 8,450 5,440 5,260 1,650 39,630
Saskatchewan 4,250 11,910 7,240 4,430 4,540 1,760 34,110
Alberta 12,560 40,700 28,630 16,380 16,220 4,750 119,240
British Columbia 10,440 39,630 29,440 16,800 18,450 6,320 121,090
Yukon 130 540 400 210 270 80 1,630
Northwest Territories 170 550 330 260 240 60 1,600
Nunavut 140 330 210 140 80 20 910
Not applicable 60 540 390 80 30 20 1,120
Total 117,020 322,800 241,390 180,580 208,340 69,080 1,139,170

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 10.1% 16.1% 16.0% 20.3% 27.3% 10.3% 5.5%
Prince Edward Island 18.2% 20.0% 14.9% 14.8% 20.3% 11.8% 1.5%
Nova Scotia 11.6% 24.9% 18.2% 16.9% 20.6% 7.9% 4.8%
New Brunswick 17.7% 19.5% 15.5% 16.9% 22.4% 8.0% 5.7%
Quebec 9.3% 20.9% 19.7% 18.7% 23.4% 7.9% 24.0%
Ontario 9.0% 34.0% 23.0% 14.5% 15.2% 4.3% 30.5%
Manitoba 13.6% 33.9% 21.3% 13.7% 13.3% 4.2% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 12.4% 34.9% 21.2% 13.0% 13.3% 5.1% 3.0%
Alberta 10.5% 34.1% 24.0% 13.7% 13.6% 4.0% 10.5%
British Columbia 8.6% 32.7% 24.3% 13.9% 15.2% 5.2% 10.6%
Yukon 8.1% 32.9% 24.6% 12.9% 16.3% 5.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 10.3% 34.6% 20.7% 16.0% 14.7% 3.7% 0.1%
Nunavut 15.0% 35.7% 23.5% 15.1% 8.4% 2.2% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.6% 48.1% 34.6% 7.4% 2.5% 1.8% 0.1%
Total 10.3% 28.3% 21.2% 15.9% 18.3% 6.1% 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 55.95 87.54 71.23 76.21 109.67 49.94 450.54
Prince Edward Island 20.93 28.48 17.63 13.82 18.69 11.34 110.90
Nova Scotia 55.00 129.19 81.91 62.18 73.28 30.33 431.89
New Brunswick 89.00 110.75 71.12 65.54 86.49 35.03 457.92
Quebec 144.08 304.07 287.77 268.34 345.32 136.14 1,485.71
Ontario 268.24 1,283.63 811.24 372.72 399.73 118.87 3,254.43
Manitoba 45.24 143.39 82.97 42.84 38.29 11.74 364.46
Saskatchewan 38.09 133.46 73.17 36.30 35.70 13.19 329.90
Alberta 110.99 461.81 301.88 145.96 147.34 44.29 1,212.28
British Columbia 87.37 434.30 311.42 138.71 150.85 53.15 1,175.79
Yukon 1.11 5.28 3.96 1.73 2.04 0.66 14.77
Northwest Territories 1.84 6.54 3.85 2.66 2.30 0.65 17.85
Nunavut 1.72 4.22 2.59 1.79 0.80 0.11 11.23
Not applicable 0.34 2.94 2.47 0.48 0.20 0.08 6.51
Total 919.88 3,135.61 2,123.19 1,229.29 1,410.69 505.53 9,324.18

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 12.4% 19.4% 15.8% 16.9% 24.3% 11.1% 4.8%
Prince Edward Island 18.9% 25.7% 15.9% 12.5% 16.9% 10.2% 1.2%
Nova Scotia 12.7% 29.9% 19.0% 14.4% 17.0% 7.0% 4.6%
New Brunswick 19.4% 24.2% 15.5% 14.3% 18.9% 7.6% 4.9%
Quebec 9.7% 20.5% 19.4% 18.1% 23.2% 9.2% 15.9%
Ontario 8.2% 39.4% 24.9% 11.5% 12.3% 3.7% 34.9%
Manitoba 12.4% 39.3% 22.8% 11.8% 10.5% 3.2% 3.9%
Saskatchewan 11.5% 40.5% 22.2% 11.0% 10.8% 4.0% 3.5%
Alberta 9.2% 38.1% 24.9% 12.0% 12.2% 3.7% 13.0%
British Columbia 7.4% 36.9% 26.5% 11.8% 12.8% 4.5% 12.6%
Yukon 7.5% 35.7% 26.8% 11.7% 13.8% 4.5% 0.2%
Northwest Territories 10.3% 36.7% 21.6% 14.9% 12.9% 3.6% 0.2%
Nunavut 15.3% 37.5% 23.1% 16.0% 7.1% 1.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 5.2% 45.2% 37.9% 7.4% 3.0% 1.3% 0.1%
Total 9.9% 33.6% 22.8% 13.2% 15.1% 5.4% 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 26,120 36,230 20 62,370
Prince Edward Island 7,590 9,420 20 17,020
Nova Scotia 24,640 29,930 20 54,590
New Brunswick 29,010 36,170 20 65,200
Quebec 94,080 179,070 20 273,170
Ontario 190,520 157,070 20 347,610
Manitoba 19,140 20,490   39,630
Saskatchewan 16,320 17,790 20 34,130
Alberta 60,820 58,410 20 119,250
British Columbia 67,630 53,450 20 121,100
Yukon 800 830   1,630
Northwest Territories 760 840   1,600
Nunavut 500 400   900
Not applicable 170 940   1,110
Total 538,090 601,030 180 1,139,170

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 41.9% 58.1% 0.0% 5.5%
Prince Edward Island 44.6% 55.3% 0.1% 1.5%
Nova Scotia 45.1% 54.8% 0.0% 4.8%
New Brunswick 44.5% 55.5% 0.0% 5.7%
Quebec 34.4% 65.6% 0.0% 24.0%
Ontario 54.8% 45.2% 0.0% 30.5%
Manitoba 48.3% 51.7% 0.0% 3.5%
Saskatchewan 47.8% 52.1% 0.1% 3.0%
Alberta 51.0% 49.0% 0.0% 10.5%
British Columbia 55.8% 44.1% 0.0% 10.6%
Yukon 49.3% 50.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Northwest Territories 47.3% 52.7% 0.0% 0.1%
Nunavut 55.8% 44.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 15.6% 84.4% 0.0% 0.1%
Total 47.2% 52.8% 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 221.88 228.57 0.09 450.54
Prince Edward Island 55.96 54.91 0.02 110.90
Nova Scotia 226.95 204.84 0.10 431.89
New Brunswick 232.76 225.15 0.01 457.92
Quebec 616.65 868.99 0.07 1,485.71
Ontario 2,121.39 1,132.69 0.35 3,254.43
Manitoba 215.96 148.50   364.46
Saskatchewan 195.18 134.69 0.03 329.90
Alberta 741.22 470.87 0.19 1,212.28
British Columbia 757.56 418.03 0.20 1,175.79
Yukon 8.72 6.05   14.77
Northwest Territories 10.19 7.66   17.85
Nunavut 6.83 4.40   11.23
Not applicable 1.96 4.55   6.51
Total 5,413.21 3,909.92 1.06 9,324.18

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 49.2% 50.7% 0.0% 4.8%
Prince Edward Island 50.5% 49.5% 0.0% 1.2%
Nova Scotia 52.5% 47.4% 0.0% 4.6%
New Brunswick 50.8% 49.2% 0.0% 4.9%
Quebec 41.5% 58.5% 0.0% 15.9%
Ontario 65.2% 34.8% 0.0% 34.9%
Manitoba 59.3% 40.7% 0.0% 3.9%
Saskatchewan 59.2% 40.8% 0.0% 3.5%
Alberta 61.1% 38.8% 0.0% 13.0%
British Columbia 64.4% 35.6% 0.0% 12.6%
Yukon 59.1% 40.9% 0.0% 0.2%
Northwest Territories 57.1% 42.9% 0.0% 0.2%
Nunavut 60.8% 39.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Not applicable 30.2% 69.8% 0.0% 0.1%
Total 58.1% 41.9% 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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