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 applications
    350 K
  • Total unique applicants
    8.90M
  • Total applications received
    27.57M
  • Total applications processed
    27.56M
  • 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
    Notes

    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).

Table 1: Total unique applicants by province/territory and age group
Provinces & Territories Under 25 25 to 34 Years 35 to 44 Years 45 to 54 Years 55 to 64 Years 65 and Older Total
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
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%
Nova Scotia 38,330 17.9% 50,410 23.5% 39,200 18.3% 36,520 17.0% 37,000 17.2% 13,090 6.1% 214,550 100.0%
New Brunswick 31,230 18.7% 35,660 21.3% 31,120 18.6% 30,230 18.1% 29,830 17.8% 9,280 5.5% 167,360 100.0%
Quebec 359,440 17.7% 448,190 22.1% 398,400 19.7% 350,970 17.3% 349,800 17.3% 120,500 5.9% 2,027,300 100.0%
Ontario 643,550 18.3% 845,030 24.0% 671,050 19.1% 613,290 17.4% 556,030 15.8% 189,440 5.4% 3,518,390 100.0%
Manitoba 55,500 19.9% 70,860 25.5% 55,870 20.1% 44,960 16.2% 37,710 13.5% 13,460 4.8% 278,360 100.0%
Saskatchewan 46,080 19.1% 63,250 26.2% 50,670 21.0% 37,110 15.4% 32,260 13.3% 12,270 5.1% 241,650 100.0%
Alberta 184,720 17.2% 268,560 25.1% 240,280 22.4% 180,450 16.8% 147,800 13.8% 49,630 4.6% 1,071,450 100.0%
British Columbia 208,080 17.5% 290,500 24.5% 233,850 19.7% 200,790 16.9% 184,990 15.6% 68,090 5.7% 1,186,290 100.0%
Yukon 1,380 15.1% 2,480 27.1% 1,860 20.3% 1,380 15.1% 1,430 15.6% 630 6.9% 9,160 100.0%
Northwest Territories 1,970 16.6% 3,140 26.4% 2,240 18.8% 1,970 16.6% 1,730 14.6% 840 7.1% 11,890 100.0%
Nunavut 1,900 19.0% 3,040 30.4% 2,030 20.3% 1,670 16.7% 990 9.9% 370 3.7% 10,010 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,660 30.9% 1,450 27.0% 1,040 19.4% 670 12.5% 410 7.6% 140 2.6% 5,370 100.0%
Unknown 50 62.5% 20 25.0% 10 12.5% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 1,600,980 18.0% 2,114,750 23.8% 1,756,020 19.7% 1,529,410 17.2% 1,409,700 15.8% 488,310 5.5% 8,899,170 100.0%
Table 2: Total unique applicants by province/territory and gender
Provinces & Territories Female gender Male gender Gender diverse Total
Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage Number Percentage
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%
Nova Scotia 105,190 49.0% 109,250 50.9% 110 0.1% 214,550 100.0%
New Brunswick 83,170 49.7% 84,120 50.3% 70 0.0% 167,360 100.0%
Quebec 913,020 45.0% 1,113,840 54.9% 440 0.0% 2,027,300 100.0%
Ontario 1,735,440 49.3% 1,781,030 50.6% 1,920 0.1% 3,518,390 100.0%
Manitoba 139,580 50.1% 138,680 49.8% 100 0.0% 278,360 100.0%
Saskatchewan 118,910 49.2% 122,660 50.8% 70 0.0% 241,650 100.0%
Alberta 529,100 49.4% 542,060 50.6% 280 0.0% 1,071,450 100.0%
British Columbia 602,820 50.8% 583,010 49.1% 460 0.0% 1,186,290 100.0%
Yukon 4,400 48.0% 4,760 52.0% 0 0.0% 9,160 100.0%
Northwest Territories 5,420 45.6% 6,460 54.3% 10 0.1% 11,890 100.0%
Nunavut 4,810 48.0% 5,200 51.9% 0 0.0% 10,020 100.0%
Not Applicable 1,560 29.1% 2,640 49.2% 1,170 21.8% 5,370 100.0%
Unknown 30 37.5% 50 62.5% 0 0.0% 80 100.0%
Total 4,318,780 48.5% 4,575,700 51.4% 4,690 0.1% 8,899,170 100.0%

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 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. All numbers have been rounded to the nearest ten.
  6. The column 'Gender diverse' represents applicants whose gender is either not disclosed, or is non-binary.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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