Canada Emergency Response Benefit statistics

Total CERB Benefits (delivered by Service Canada and Canada Revenue agency, combined) as of September 20th, 2020

Week of September 14th to date applications

288 K

Total unique applicants

8.83M

Total applications received

26.93M

Total applications processed

26.97M

Total dollar value of CERB benefits paid

$79.30B
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 19,030 16.1% 24,050 20.3% 21,930 18.5% 22,930 19.4% 22,770 19.2% 7,640 6.5% 118,340 100.0%
Prince Edward Island 7,460 21.3% 7,540 21.5% 5,940 16.9% 5,710 16.3% 5,890 16.8% 2,540 7.2% 35,070 100.0%
Nova Scotia 38,040 17.9% 49,790 23.5% 38,730 18.3% 36,070 17.0% 36,470 17.2% 12,860 6.1% 211,960 100.0%
New Brunswick 30,430 18.6% 35,080 21.4% 30,660 18.7% 29,680 18.1% 29,070 17.7% 8,990 5.5% 163,910 100.0%
Quebec 357,220 17.8% 444,560 22.1% 395,040 19.6% 347,970 17.3% 346,250 17.2% 119,530 5.9% 2,010,570 100.0%
Ontario 640,760 18.3% 837,600 24.0% 665,960 19.1% 609,180 17.4% 552,250 15.8% 188,160 5.4% 3,493,900 100.0%
Manitoba 55,040 20.0% 69,970 25.4% 55,250 20.1% 44,510 16.2% 37,220 13.5% 13,280 4.8% 275,280 100.0%
Saskatchewan 45,750 19.1% 62,610 26.1% 50,210 21.0% 36,800 15.4% 31,950 13.3% 12,140 5.1% 239,450 100.0%
Alberta 183,620 17.3% 266,010 25.0% 238,250 22.4% 179,000 16.8% 146,560 13.8% 49,220 4.6% 1,062,640 100.0%
British Columbia 207,060 17.6% 288,000 24.5% 231,980 19.7% 199,290 16.9% 183,590 15.6% 67,550 5.7% 1,177,470 100.0%
Yukon 1,370 15.1% 2,440 26.9% 1,840 20.3% 1,370 15.1% 1,420 15.7% 630 7.0% 9,060 100.0%
Northwest Territories 1,950 16.6% 3,090 26.3% 2,210 18.8% 1,960 16.7% 1,720 14.6% 830 7.1% 11,760 100.0%
Nunavut 1,880 19.0% 2,990 30.2% 2,020 20.4% 1,650 16.7% 980 9.9% 370 3.7% 9,890 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,650 31.3% 1,410 26.8% 1,010 19.2% 670 12.7% 400 7.6% 130 2.5% 5,270 100.0%
Unknown 50 62.5% 30 37.5% 10 12.5% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 1,591,310 18.0% 2,095,150 23.7% 1,741,030 19.7% 1,516,770 17.2% 1,396,540 15.8% 483,870 5.5% 8,824,660 100.0%
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 56,140 47.4% 62,170 52.5% 30 0.0% 118,340 100.0%
Prince Edward Island 17,360 49.5% 17,690 50.4% 20 0.1% 35,070 100.0%
Nova Scotia 104,040 49.1% 107,810 50.9% 110 0.1% 211,960 100.0%
New Brunswick 81,520 49.7% 82,330 50.2% 60 0.0% 163,910 100.0%
Quebec 905,420 45.0% 1,104,720 54.9% 430 0.0% 2,010,570 100.0%
Ontario 1,723,110 49.3% 1,768,890 50.6% 1,900 0.1% 3,493,900 100.0%
Manitoba 138,100 50.2% 137,090 49.8% 100 0.0% 275,280 100.0%
Saskatchewan 117,930 49.3% 121,450 50.7% 70 0.0% 239,450 100.0%
Alberta 525,040 49.4% 537,330 50.6% 280 0.0% 1,062,640 100.0%
British Columbia 598,610 50.8% 578,420 49.1% 450 0.0% 1,177,470 100.0%
Yukon 4,350 48.0% 4,710 52.0% 0 0.0% 9,060 100.0%
Northwest Territories 5,360 45.6% 6,390 54.3% 10 0.1% 11,760 100.0%
Nunavut 4,760 48.1% 5,140 51.9% 0 0.0% 9,900 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,540 29.2% 2,560 48.6% 1,170 22.2% 5,270 100.0%
Unknown 30 37.5% 50 62.5% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 4,283,320 48.5% 4,536,720 51.4% 4,630 0.1% 8,824,660 100.0%

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 (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).
  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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