Canada Emergency Response Benefit and EI statistics
Please note the Canada Emergency Response Benefit information on this webpage has been updated to provide a breakdown of the total dollar value of CERB and EI benefits paid. To view up to date statistics on the new Employment Insurance supports and COVID-19 benefits for individuals, use the following links:
Total Canada Emergency Response Benefit (delivered by Service Canada and Canada Revenue Agency, combined) and EI benefits as of October 4th, 2020
The Department will update the website in the coming months to include data for payments made after October 3, 2020.
Week of September 28th to date applications350 K
Total unique applicants8.90M
Total applications received27.57M
Total applications processed27.56M
Total dollar value of Canada Emergency Response Benefit and EI benefits payments March 15 to October 3, 2020$81.64B
Total dollar value of Canada Emergency Response Benefit payments$74.08B
Total dollar value of EI benefits (non-CERB) payments$7.56B
The total dollar value of benefits paid ($81.64B) includes applications for CERB received through the CRA channel and all EI applications received through Service Canada. The vast majority of EI applications received from March 15 to October 3, 2020 were established as CERB claims, representing a total of $74.08B. In addition, a total $7.56B EI non-CERB benefits were paid during the same period. The total EI non-CERB includes: applications for which the benefit start date was prior to March 15, 2020; applications to renew claims that were active prior to this date; or applications for special benefits (such as Family Caregiver Benefits, Compassionate Care Benefits, Parental and Maternity benefits).
|Provinces & 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||19,370||16.0%||24,470||20.2%||22,370||18.4%||23,540||19.4%||23,590||19.5%||7,920||6.5%||121,270||100.0%|
|Prince Edward Island||7,700||21.4%||7,690||21.3%||6,050||16.8%||5,850||16.2%||6,120||17.0%||2,650||7.4%||36,050||100.0%|
|Provinces & Territories||Female gender||Male gender||Gender diverse||Total|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||57,460||47.4%||63,770||52.6%||30||0.0%||121,270||100.0%|
|Prince Edward Island||17,860||49.5%||18,180||50.4%||20||0.1%||36,050||100.0%|
- Applicants contained in this data may have found jobs or returned to work and therefore no longer receive CERB benefits.
- Unique applicants are people who have applied for the CERB benefit either through CRA and/or Service Canada, or people who applied for EI benefits. A unique applicant is only counted once for the lifetime of the CERB program regardless of the number of times they have applied.
- The data for applications received, unique applicants (also broken down by province and territory, age group and gender), applications processed and total dollar value of benefits paid, includes applications for CERB received through the CRA channel and all EI applications received through Service Canada. The vast majority of EI applications received since March 15 were established as CERB claims, with the only exceptions being: applications for which the benefit start date was prior to March 15; applications to renew claims that were active prior to this date; or applications for special benefits (such as Family Caregiver Benefits, Compassionate Care Benefits, Parental and Maternity benefits).
- Applications processed includes applications that were already in the queue to be processed for EI on March 15, and some were subsequently processed post March 15. In comparison, applications received includes only those applications that have been received since March 15.
- All numbers have been rounded to the nearest ten.
- The column 'Gender diverse' represents applicants whose gender is either not disclosed, or is non-binary.
- Province and Territory of 'Not Applicable' is used when an applicant provides an address outside of Canada. While the CERB program requires people 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, someone who could not make it back into the country due to the pandemic, or a temporary worker who has fallen ill but their home address is in another country.
- A small number of applicants did not provide a valid address (mailing or residential) and have been grouped in the Province & Territories category of 'Unknown'. As part of the review process, CRA and Service Canada are following up with these applicants.
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