Canada Emergency Response Benefit statistics

Total CERB Benefits (delivered by Service Canada and Canada Revenue agency, combined) as of September 13th, 2020

Week of September 7th to date applications

428 K

Total unique applicants

8.79M

Total applications received

26.64M

Total applications processed

26.68M

Total dollar value of CERB benefits paid

$77.99B
Table 1: Total unique applicants by province/territory and age group
Provinces & Territories Under 25 25 - 34 Years 35 - 44 Years 45 - 54 Years 55 - 64 Years 65 and Older Total
Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number % Number %
Newfoundland and Labrador 18,860 16.1% 23,820 20.4% 21,720 18.6% 22,630 19.4% 22,400 19.2% 7,520 6.4% 116,950 100.0%
Prince Edward Island 7,330 21.2% 7,490 21.6% 5,880 17.0% 5,650 16.3% 5,790 16.7% 2,510 7.2% 34,650 100.0%
Nova Scotia 37,870 18.0% 49,440 23.5% 38,510 18.3% 35,860 17.0% 36,200 17.2% 12,770 6.1% 210,640 100.0%
New Brunswick 29,830 18.4% 34,780 21.5% 30,420 18.8% 29,450 18.2% 28,780 17.8% 8,870 5.5% 162,120 100.0%
Quebec 356,110 17.8% 442,710 22.1% 393,560 19.6% 346,720 17.3% 344,840 17.2% 119,060 5.9% 2,003,000 100.0%
Ontario 639,270 18.4% 833,760 23.9% 663,340 19.1% 607,240 17.4% 550,320 15.8% 187,480 5.4% 3,481,410 100.0%
Manitoba 54,780 20.0% 69,500 25.4% 54,920 20.1% 44,280 16.2% 37,010 13.5% 13,210 4.8% 273,710 100.0%
Saskatchewan 45,540 19.1% 62,210 26.1% 49,930 21.0% 36,610 15.4% 31,770 13.3% 12,070 5.1% 238,120 100.0%
Alberta 182,980 17.3% 264,660 25.0% 237,140 22.4% 178,230 16.8% 145,930 13.8% 49,000 4.6% 1,057,930 100.0%
British Columbia 206,520 17.6% 286,620 24.4% 231,010 19.7% 198,500 16.9% 182,850 15.6% 67,270 5.7% 1,172,770 100.0%
Yukon 1,370 15.2% 2,420 26.9% 1,830 20.3% 1,360 15.1% 1,410 15.6% 620 6.9% 9,010 100.0%
Northwest Territories 1,950 16.7% 3,060 26.2% 2,200 18.8% 1,950 16.7% 1,710 14.6% 830 7.1% 11,690 100.0%
Nunavut 1,870 19.0% 2,970 30.2% 2,000 20.3% 1,640 16.7% 980 10.0% 370 3.8% 9,830 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,650 31.5% 1,390 26.6% 1,000 19.1% 660 12.6% 400 7.6% 130 2.5% 5,230 100.0%
Unknown 50 62.5% 30 37.5% 10 12.5% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 1,585,980 18.0% 2,084,870 23.7% 1,733,450 19.7% 1,510,780 17.2% 1,390,380 15.8% 481,690 5.5% 8,787,150 100.0%
Table 2: Total unique applicants by province/territory and gender
Provinces & Territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Number % Number % Number % Number %
Newfoundland and Labrador 55,490 47.4% 61,430 52.5% 30 0.0% 116,950 100.0%
Prince Edward Island 17,130 49.4% 17,500 50.5% 20 0.1% 34,650 100.0%
Nova Scotia 103,440 49.1% 107,100 50.8% 110 0.1% 210,640 100.0%
New Brunswick 80,680 49.8% 81,380 50.2% 60 0.0% 162,120 100.0%
Quebec 902,070 45.0% 1,100,510 54.9% 420 0.0% 2,003,000 100.0%
Ontario 1,716,890 49.3% 1,762,620 50.6% 1,890 0.1% 3,481,410 100.0%
Manitoba 137,330 50.2% 136,280 49.8% 100 0.0% 273,710 100.0%
Saskatchewan 117,360 49.3% 120,690 50.7% 70 0.0% 238,120 100.0%
Alberta 522,810 49.4% 534,840 50.6% 270 0.0% 1,057,930 100.0%
British Columbia 596,400 50.9% 575,940 49.1% 440 0.0% 1,172,770 100.0%
Yukon 4,330 48.1% 4,690 52.1% 0 0.0% 9,010 100.0%
Northwest Territories 5,330 45.6% 6,360 54.4% 10 0.1% 11,690 100.0%
Nunavut 4,720 48.0% 5,110 52.0% 0 0.0% 9,830 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,520 29.1% 2,540 48.6% 1,170 22.4% 5,230 100.0%
Unknown 30 37.5% 50 62.5% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 4,265,540 48.5% 4,517,030 51.4% 4,590 0.1% 8,787,150 100.0%

Notes

  1. Applicants contained in this data may have found jobs or returned to work and therefore no longer receive CERB benefits.
  2. Unique applicants are people who have applied for the CERB benefit with either CRA and/or ESDC. A unique applicant is only counted once for the lifetime of the CERB program regardless of the number of times they have applied.
  3. Two administrative data reporting errors were recently uncovered in how the total unique applicant measure was previously calculated. Correcting these errors resulted in a lower number of total unique applicants, now reflected in the updated data. As this was an administrative data reporting issue, the correction did NOT impact the number of applications received, processed, nor the dollar amount of the total benefits. Two factors caused the reporting methodology to produce the higher number of unique applicants:
    1. Applicants who applied and whose first application was paid by CRA, and who at the end of their first eligibility payment period applied to Service Canada for future benefit periods. Under this scenario, Service Canada assumes responsibility for the client, their remaining CERB payments, and the client is unable to revert back to CRA for CERB payments. Although Service Canada is responsible for paying the remaining benefits, the previous calculation mistakenly continued to identify the client as the responsibility of both departments.
    2. Some clients who had an initial EI application and also submitted a renewal EI application. Under this scenario, the applicant was initially identified as two individuals instead of one in Service Canada's administrative data.
  4. The data for applications received, unique applicants, 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).
  5. 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.
  6. All numbers have been rounded to the nearest ten.
  7. The column 'Gender diverse' represents applicants whose gender is either not disclosed, or is non-binary.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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