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January 2009 (preliminary) (Previous release)

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits rose to 560,400 in January, up 4.4% or 23,700 from December.

Chart 1

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Since the most recent low recorded in February 2008, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has climbed by 104,000, or 22.8%. Over half the rise occurred in Ontario, much greater than that province's share of the labour force (39.1%).

In January, growth in the number of beneficiaries was especially strong in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, all of which registered month-over-month increases that were above the national average.

Note to readers

Employment Insurance statistics are produced from an administrative data source and may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures. The number of regular beneficiaries and the number of claims received for December 2008 and January 2009 are preliminary.

The number of beneficiaries is a measure of all persons who received Employment Insurance (EI) benefits from the 11th to the 17th of January. This period coincides with the reference week of the Labour Force Survey for January.

Regional EI data and data by sex and age are not seasonally adjusted and therefore should only be compared on a year-over-year basis. These comparisons can be influenced by unusual spikes or declines in the end points of the period.

EI statistics indicate the number of people who received EI benefits, and should not be confused with data coming from the Labour Force Survey, which provides information on the total number of unemployed.

There is always a certain proportion of unemployed who do not qualify for benefits. The first are those who have not contributed to the program because they have not worked in the past 12 months or their employment is not insurable. This group includes self-employed workers. The second are those who have contributed to the program, but do not meet the eligibility criteria, such as workers who left their job voluntarily or those who did not accumulate enough hours of work to receive benefits.

In Alberta, 23,300 people were receiving regular EI benefits in January, up 10.5% from December. British Columbia had 56,100 beneficiaries, up 9.0%, while Ontario had 181,500, a 6.2% increase.

Over the February 2008 to January 2009 period, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has increased across the country, with the largest percentage gains in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

Chart 2

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To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim. Statistics on claims are an indication of the number of future beneficiaries. While the number of claims received in Canada in January (267,700) edged down from December (-2.5%), it was the second highest level since 1997, the start of the period for which comparable data are available.

In recent months, labour market conditions in Canada have deteriorated significantly. Through the early part of 2008, employment growth weakened, only to fall sharply later that year and into 2009, causing a spike in the unemployment rate. By February 2009, the unemployment rate hit 7.7%, up almost two percentage points from a record low at the start of 2008.

Regional and demographic overview: Southwestern Ontario hard hit

Virtually every census metropolitan area across Canada experienced an increase in the number of regular beneficiaries over the last year. Regional EI data and data by sex and age are not seasonally adjusted and therefore should only be compared on a year-over-year basis.

The largest increases between January 2008 and January 2009 occurred in Southwestern Ontario, where the manufacturing sector in particular experienced heavy layoffs.

In Windsor, the number of regular beneficiaries rose 81.6% to 10,600. Also affected were London (+70.3%), Kitchener (+70.0%), and Hamilton (+69.0%), as were Guelph, Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Stratford.

In Toronto, the number of regular beneficiaries increased by 48.3% between January 2008 and January 2009.

Other notable increases in beneficiaries over the 12-month period included Calgary (+61.7%), Vancouver (+55.0%) and Edmonton (+48.9%).

Sharp increase in male beneficiaries

Between January 2008 and January 2009, the increase in the number of men receiving regular EI benefits (+27.1%) was double that of women (+13.8%).

This difference between men and women was reflected in all age groups and in all provinces and territories.

Available on CANSIM: tables 276-0001 to 276-0006, 276-0009, 276-0011, 276-0015 and 276-0016.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604.

Data tables are also now available online. From the By subject module of our website, choose Labour.

Data on Employment Insurance for February will be released on April 28.

For more information, or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; labour@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Dominique Pérusse (613-951-4064) or Jane Lin (613-951-9691), Labour Statistics Division.

Table 1

Employment Insurance: Statistics by province
  December 2008p January 2009p December 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009 December 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  number change in number % change
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits            
Canada 536,730 560,400 23,670 98,520 4.4 21.3
Newfoundland and Labrador 36,910 36,870 -40 1,610 -0.1 4.6
Prince Edward Island 8,030 7,790 -240 120 -3.0 1.6
Nova Scotia 29,100 29,110 10 2,240 0.0 8.3
New Brunswick 30,500 30,470 -30 280 -0.1 0.9
Quebec 170,590 175,850 5,260 15,020 3.1 9.3
Ontario 170,850 181,510 10,660 54,570 6.2 43.0
Manitoba 11,380 11,670 290 1,960 2.5 20.2
Saskatchewan 8,810 9,090 280 710 3.2 8.5
Alberta 21,120 23,340 2,220 7,370 10.5 46.1
British Columbia 51,480 56,110 4,630 18,120 9.0 47.7
Yukon 880 880 0 130 0.0 17.3
Northwest Territories 710 810 100 160 14.1 24.6
Nunavut 410 420 10 110 2.4 35.5
Initial and renewal claims received            
Canada 274,700 267,730 -6,970 53,330 -2.5 24.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 9,450 9,510 60 690 0.6 7.8
Prince Edward Island 2,480 2,530 50 160 2.0 6.8
Nova Scotia 10,600 9,630 -970 720 -9.2 8.1
New Brunswick 10,580 9,840 -740 370 -7.0 3.9
Quebec 78,830 72,960 -5,870 6,170 -7.4 9.2
Ontario 100,590 94,660 -5,930 27,080 -5.9 40.1
Manitoba 7,370 6,930 -440 830 -6.0 13.6
Saskatchewan 5,620 5,750 130 1,180 2.3 25.8
Alberta 19,430 21,170 1,740 7,520 9.0 55.1
British Columbia 33,130 35,120 1,990 11,130 6.0 46.4
Yukon 310 310 0 10 0.0 3.3
Northwest Territories 320 330 10 60 3.1 22.2
Nunavut 180 220 40 90 22.2 69.2
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 2

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age, sex and province
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number Change in number % change
Canada        
Both sexes 606,660 744,110 137,450 22.7
Under 25 years 66,780 82,710 15,930 23.9
25 to 54 years 430,290 527,940 97,650 22.7
55 years and over 109,600 133,460 23,860 21.8
Men 402,530 511,770 109,240 27.1
Under 25 years 51,670 65,610 13,940 27.0
25 to 54 years 276,760 353,740 76,980 27.8
55 years and over 74,100 92,420 18,320 24.7
Women 204,130 232,340 28,210 13.8
Under 25 years 15,110 17,100 1,990 13.2
25 to 54 years 153,530 174,200 20,670 13.5
55 years and over 35,490 41,040 5,550 15.6
Newfoundland and Labrador        
Both sexes 46,200 48,160 1,960 4.2
Under 25 years 4,400 4,440 40 0.9
25 to 54 years 32,310 33,070 760 2.4
55 years and over 9,500 10,650 1,150 12.1
Men 28,410 30,170 1,760 6.2
Women 17,790 18,000 210 1.2
Prince Edward Island        
Both sexes 11,150 11,170 20 0.2
Under 25 years 1,060 1,080 20 1.9
25 to 54 years 7,490 7,340 -150 -2.0
55 years and over 2,600 2,750 150 5.8
Men 6,800 6,910 110 1.6
Women 4,350 4,230 -120 -2.8
Nova Scotia        
Both sexes 34,490 37,470 2,980 8.6
Under 25 years 3,590 4,010 420 11.7
25 to 54 years 24,260 26,100 1,840 7.6
55 years and over 6,640 7,360 720 10.8
Men 22,130 24,670 2,540 11.5
Women 12,360 12,800 440 3.6
New Brunswick        
Both sexes 40,800 41,660 860 2.1
Under 25 years 3,670 3,770 100 2.7
25 to 54 years 28,910 28,950 40 0.1
55 years and over 8,220 8,940 720 8.8
Men 27,340 28,560 1,220 4.5
Women 13,460 13,110 -350 -2.6
Quebec        
Both sexes 218,540 242,250 23,710 10.8
Under 25 years 26,280 29,540 3,260 12.4
25 to 54 years 153,630 168,850 15,220 9.9
55 years and over 38,620 43,860 5,240 13.6
Men 149,460 170,020 20,560 13.8
Women 69,080 72,210 3,130 4.5
Ontario        
Both sexes 160,290 230,330 70,040 43.7
Under 25 years 17,530 23,490 5,960 34.0
25 to 54 years 117,260 170,900 53,640 45.7
55 years and over 25,500 35,940 10,440 40.9
Men 107,350 160,210 52,860 49.2
Women 52,940 70,100 17,160 32.4
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 3

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age, sex and province
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number change in number % change
Manitoba        
Both sexes 12,590 15,300 2,710 21.5
Under 25 years 1,710 2,100 390 22.8
25 to 54 years 8,590 10,530 1,940 22.6
55 years and over 2,290 2,670 380 16.6
Men 9,210 11,460 2,250 24.4
Women 3,380 3,850 470 13.9
Saskatchewan        
Both sexes 11,260 12,300 1,040 9.2
Under 25 years 1,260 1,480 220 17.5
25 to 54 years 7,570 8,140 570 7.5
55 years and over 2,430 2,680 250 10.3
Men 8,260 9,300 1,040 12.6
Women 3,000 3,000 0 0.0
Alberta        
Both sexes 19,610 29,060 9,450 48.2
Under 25 years 2,070 3,480 1,410 68.1
25 to 54 years 13,960 20,440 6,480 46.4
55 years and over 3,590 5,140 1,550 43.2
Men 12,650 19,670 7,020 55.5
Women 6,950 9,390 2,440 35.1
British Columbia        
Both sexes 49,430 73,620 24,190 48.9
Under 25 years 5,010 9,060 4,050 80.8
25 to 54 years 34,580 51,530 16,950 49.0
55 years and over 9,840 13,030 3,190 32.4
Men 29,440 48,890 19,450 66.1
Women 19,980 24,730 4,750 23.8
Yukon        
Both sexes 1,080 1,280 200 18.5
Under 25 years 100 140 40 40.0
25 to 54 years 770 870 100 13.0
55 years and over 220 270 50 22.7
Men 700 850 150 21.4
Women 380 420 40 10.5
Northwest Territories        
Both sexes 740 940 200 27.0
Under 25 years 60 90 30 50.0
25 to 54 years 570 710 140 24.6
55 years and over 120 140 20 16.7
Men 510 670 160 31.4
Women 240 270 30 12.5
Nunavut        
Both sexes 340 480 140 41.2
Under 25 years 30 50 20 66.7
25 to 54 years 270 390 120 44.4
55 years and over 30 40 10 33.3
Men 240 350 110 45.8
Women 110 130 20 18.2
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 4

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan area
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number change in number % change
Newfoundland and Labrador        
St. John's 5,390 5,710 320 5.9
Nova Scotia        
Halifax 5,100 6,050 950 18.6
New Brunswick        
Saint John 2,240 2,410 170 7.6
Quebec        
Saguenay 6,320 6,480 160 2.5
Québec 13,480 14,940 1,460 10.8
Sherbrooke 3,820 4,750 930 24.3
Trois-Rivières 4,450 4,870 420 9.4
Montréal 64,320 72,480 8,160 12.7
Ottawa–Gatineau, Gatineau part 3,890 4,440 550 14.1
Ontario        
Ottawa–Gatineau, Ottawa part 6,160 6,850 690 11.2
Kingston 1,570 1,820 250 15.9
Oshawa 4,820 5,690 870 18.0
Toronto 53,860 79,900 26,040 48.3
Hamilton 7,000 11,830 4,830 69.0
St. Catharines–Niagara 7,410 10,510 3,100 41.8
Kitchener 5,240 8,910 3,670 70.0
London 5,550 9,450 3,900 70.3
Windsor 5,820 10,570 4,750 81.6
Greater Sudbury 2,530 3,300 770 30.4
Thunder Bay 2,460 2,270 -190 -7.7
Manitoba        
Winnipeg 5,410 7,120 1,710 31.6
Saskatchewan        
Regina 1,290 1,320 30 2.3
Saskatoon 1,640 1,830 190 11.6
Alberta        
Calgary 5,530 8,940 3,410 61.7
Edmonton 5,730 8,530 2,800 48.9
British Columbia        
Abbotsford 2,430 3,580 1,150 47.3
Vancouver 16,790 26,020 9,230 55.0
Victoria 2,040 3,250 1,210 59.3
preliminairy
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.
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Employment Insurance

January 2009 (preliminary) (Previous release)

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits rose to 560,400 in January, up 4.4% or 23,700 from December.

Chart 1

right click the chart to save it.

Since the most recent low recorded in February 2008, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has climbed by 104,000, or 22.8%. Over half the rise occurred in Ontario, much greater than that province's share of the labour force (39.1%).

In January, growth in the number of beneficiaries was especially strong in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, all of which registered month-over-month increases that were above the national average.

Note to readers

Employment Insurance statistics are produced from an administrative data source and may, from time to time, be affected by changes to the Employment Insurance Act or administrative procedures. The number of regular beneficiaries and the number of claims received for December 2008 and January 2009 are preliminary.

The number of beneficiaries is a measure of all persons who received Employment Insurance (EI) benefits from the 11th to the 17th of January. This period coincides with the reference week of the Labour Force Survey for January.

Regional EI data and data by sex and age are not seasonally adjusted and therefore should only be compared on a year-over-year basis. These comparisons can be influenced by unusual spikes or declines in the end points of the period.

EI statistics indicate the number of people who received EI benefits, and should not be confused with data coming from the Labour Force Survey, which provides information on the total number of unemployed.

There is always a certain proportion of unemployed who do not qualify for benefits. The first are those who have not contributed to the program because they have not worked in the past 12 months or their employment is not insurable. This group includes self-employed workers. The second are those who have contributed to the program, but do not meet the eligibility criteria, such as workers who left their job voluntarily or those who did not accumulate enough hours of work to receive benefits.

In Alberta, 23,300 people were receiving regular EI benefits in January, up 10.5% from December. British Columbia had 56,100 beneficiaries, up 9.0%, while Ontario had 181,500, a 6.2% increase.

Over the February 2008 to January 2009 period, the number of regular EI beneficiaries has increased across the country, with the largest percentage gains in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

Chart 2

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To receive EI benefits, individuals must first submit a claim. Statistics on claims are an indication of the number of future beneficiaries. While the number of claims received in Canada in January (267,700) edged down from December (-2.5%), it was the second highest level since 1997, the start of the period for which comparable data are available.

In recent months, labour market conditions in Canada have deteriorated significantly. Through the early part of 2008, employment growth weakened, only to fall sharply later that year and into 2009, causing a spike in the unemployment rate. By February 2009, the unemployment rate hit 7.7%, up almost two percentage points from a record low at the start of 2008.

Regional and demographic overview: Southwestern Ontario hard hit

Virtually every census metropolitan area across Canada experienced an increase in the number of regular beneficiaries over the last year. Regional EI data and data by sex and age are not seasonally adjusted and therefore should only be compared on a year-over-year basis.

The largest increases between January 2008 and January 2009 occurred in Southwestern Ontario, where the manufacturing sector in particular experienced heavy layoffs.

In Windsor, the number of regular beneficiaries rose 81.6% to 10,600. Also affected were London (+70.3%), Kitchener (+70.0%), and Hamilton (+69.0%), as were Guelph, Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Stratford.

In Toronto, the number of regular beneficiaries increased by 48.3% between January 2008 and January 2009.

Other notable increases in beneficiaries over the 12-month period included Calgary (+61.7%), Vancouver (+55.0%) and Edmonton (+48.9%).

Sharp increase in male beneficiaries

Between January 2008 and January 2009, the increase in the number of men receiving regular EI benefits (+27.1%) was double that of women (+13.8%).

This difference between men and women was reflected in all age groups and in all provinces and territories.

Available on CANSIM: tables 276-0001 to 276-0006, 276-0009, 276-0011, 276-0015 and 276-0016.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2604.

Data tables are also now available online. From the By subject module of our website, choose Labour.

Data on Employment Insurance for February will be released on April 28.

For more information, or to order data, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-866-873-8788; 613-951-4090; labour@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Dominique Pérusse (613-951-4064) or Jane Lin (613-951-9691), Labour Statistics Division.

Table 1

Employment Insurance: Statistics by province
  December 2008p January 2009p December 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009 December 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Seasonally adjusted
  number change in number % change
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits            
Canada 536,730 560,400 23,670 98,520 4.4 21.3
Newfoundland and Labrador 36,910 36,870 -40 1,610 -0.1 4.6
Prince Edward Island 8,030 7,790 -240 120 -3.0 1.6
Nova Scotia 29,100 29,110 10 2,240 0.0 8.3
New Brunswick 30,500 30,470 -30 280 -0.1 0.9
Quebec 170,590 175,850 5,260 15,020 3.1 9.3
Ontario 170,850 181,510 10,660 54,570 6.2 43.0
Manitoba 11,380 11,670 290 1,960 2.5 20.2
Saskatchewan 8,810 9,090 280 710 3.2 8.5
Alberta 21,120 23,340 2,220 7,370 10.5 46.1
British Columbia 51,480 56,110 4,630 18,120 9.0 47.7
Yukon 880 880 0 130 0.0 17.3
Northwest Territories 710 810 100 160 14.1 24.6
Nunavut 410 420 10 110 2.4 35.5
Initial and renewal claims received            
Canada 274,700 267,730 -6,970 53,330 -2.5 24.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 9,450 9,510 60 690 0.6 7.8
Prince Edward Island 2,480 2,530 50 160 2.0 6.8
Nova Scotia 10,600 9,630 -970 720 -9.2 8.1
New Brunswick 10,580 9,840 -740 370 -7.0 3.9
Quebec 78,830 72,960 -5,870 6,170 -7.4 9.2
Ontario 100,590 94,660 -5,930 27,080 -5.9 40.1
Manitoba 7,370 6,930 -440 830 -6.0 13.6
Saskatchewan 5,620 5,750 130 1,180 2.3 25.8
Alberta 19,430 21,170 1,740 7,520 9.0 55.1
British Columbia 33,130 35,120 1,990 11,130 6.0 46.4
Yukon 310 310 0 10 0.0 3.3
Northwest Territories 320 330 10 60 3.1 22.2
Nunavut 180 220 40 90 22.2 69.2
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 2

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age, sex and province
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number Change in number % change
Canada        
Both sexes 606,660 744,110 137,450 22.7
Under 25 years 66,780 82,710 15,930 23.9
25 to 54 years 430,290 527,940 97,650 22.7
55 years and over 109,600 133,460 23,860 21.8
Men 402,530 511,770 109,240 27.1
Under 25 years 51,670 65,610 13,940 27.0
25 to 54 years 276,760 353,740 76,980 27.8
55 years and over 74,100 92,420 18,320 24.7
Women 204,130 232,340 28,210 13.8
Under 25 years 15,110 17,100 1,990 13.2
25 to 54 years 153,530 174,200 20,670 13.5
55 years and over 35,490 41,040 5,550 15.6
Newfoundland and Labrador        
Both sexes 46,200 48,160 1,960 4.2
Under 25 years 4,400 4,440 40 0.9
25 to 54 years 32,310 33,070 760 2.4
55 years and over 9,500 10,650 1,150 12.1
Men 28,410 30,170 1,760 6.2
Women 17,790 18,000 210 1.2
Prince Edward Island        
Both sexes 11,150 11,170 20 0.2
Under 25 years 1,060 1,080 20 1.9
25 to 54 years 7,490 7,340 -150 -2.0
55 years and over 2,600 2,750 150 5.8
Men 6,800 6,910 110 1.6
Women 4,350 4,230 -120 -2.8
Nova Scotia        
Both sexes 34,490 37,470 2,980 8.6
Under 25 years 3,590 4,010 420 11.7
25 to 54 years 24,260 26,100 1,840 7.6
55 years and over 6,640 7,360 720 10.8
Men 22,130 24,670 2,540 11.5
Women 12,360 12,800 440 3.6
New Brunswick        
Both sexes 40,800 41,660 860 2.1
Under 25 years 3,670 3,770 100 2.7
25 to 54 years 28,910 28,950 40 0.1
55 years and over 8,220 8,940 720 8.8
Men 27,340 28,560 1,220 4.5
Women 13,460 13,110 -350 -2.6
Quebec        
Both sexes 218,540 242,250 23,710 10.8
Under 25 years 26,280 29,540 3,260 12.4
25 to 54 years 153,630 168,850 15,220 9.9
55 years and over 38,620 43,860 5,240 13.6
Men 149,460 170,020 20,560 13.8
Women 69,080 72,210 3,130 4.5
Ontario        
Both sexes 160,290 230,330 70,040 43.7
Under 25 years 17,530 23,490 5,960 34.0
25 to 54 years 117,260 170,900 53,640 45.7
55 years and over 25,500 35,940 10,440 40.9
Men 107,350 160,210 52,860 49.2
Women 52,940 70,100 17,160 32.4
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 3

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by age, sex and province
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number change in number % change
Manitoba        
Both sexes 12,590 15,300 2,710 21.5
Under 25 years 1,710 2,100 390 22.8
25 to 54 years 8,590 10,530 1,940 22.6
55 years and over 2,290 2,670 380 16.6
Men 9,210 11,460 2,250 24.4
Women 3,380 3,850 470 13.9
Saskatchewan        
Both sexes 11,260 12,300 1,040 9.2
Under 25 years 1,260 1,480 220 17.5
25 to 54 years 7,570 8,140 570 7.5
55 years and over 2,430 2,680 250 10.3
Men 8,260 9,300 1,040 12.6
Women 3,000 3,000 0 0.0
Alberta        
Both sexes 19,610 29,060 9,450 48.2
Under 25 years 2,070 3,480 1,410 68.1
25 to 54 years 13,960 20,440 6,480 46.4
55 years and over 3,590 5,140 1,550 43.2
Men 12,650 19,670 7,020 55.5
Women 6,950 9,390 2,440 35.1
British Columbia        
Both sexes 49,430 73,620 24,190 48.9
Under 25 years 5,010 9,060 4,050 80.8
25 to 54 years 34,580 51,530 16,950 49.0
55 years and over 9,840 13,030 3,190 32.4
Men 29,440 48,890 19,450 66.1
Women 19,980 24,730 4,750 23.8
Yukon        
Both sexes 1,080 1,280 200 18.5
Under 25 years 100 140 40 40.0
25 to 54 years 770 870 100 13.0
55 years and over 220 270 50 22.7
Men 700 850 150 21.4
Women 380 420 40 10.5
Northwest Territories        
Both sexes 740 940 200 27.0
Under 25 years 60 90 30 50.0
25 to 54 years 570 710 140 24.6
55 years and over 120 140 20 16.7
Men 510 670 160 31.4
Women 240 270 30 12.5
Nunavut        
Both sexes 340 480 140 41.2
Under 25 years 30 50 20 66.7
25 to 54 years 270 390 120 44.4
55 years and over 30 40 10 33.3
Men 240 350 110 45.8
Women 110 130 20 18.2
preliminary
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.

Table 4

Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits by census metropolitan area
  January 2008 January 2009p January 2008 to January 2009 January 2008 to January 2009
  Unadjusted for seasonality
  number change in number % change
Newfoundland and Labrador        
St. John's 5,390 5,710 320 5.9
Nova Scotia        
Halifax 5,100 6,050 950 18.6
New Brunswick        
Saint John 2,240 2,410 170 7.6
Quebec        
Saguenay 6,320 6,480 160 2.5
Québec 13,480 14,940 1,460 10.8
Sherbrooke 3,820 4,750 930 24.3
Trois-Rivières 4,450 4,870 420 9.4
Montréal 64,320 72,480 8,160 12.7
Ottawa–Gatineau, Gatineau part 3,890 4,440 550 14.1
Ontario        
Ottawa–Gatineau, Ottawa part 6,160 6,850 690 11.2
Kingston 1,570 1,820 250 15.9
Oshawa 4,820 5,690 870 18.0
Toronto 53,860 79,900 26,040 48.3
Hamilton 7,000 11,830 4,830 69.0
St. Catharines–Niagara 7,410 10,510 3,100 41.8
Kitchener 5,240 8,910 3,670 70.0
London 5,550 9,450 3,900 70.3
Windsor 5,820 10,570 4,750 81.6
Greater Sudbury 2,530 3,300 770 30.4
Thunder Bay 2,460 2,270 -190 -7.7
Manitoba        
Winnipeg 5,410 7,120 1,710 31.6
Saskatchewan        
Regina 1,290 1,320 30 2.3
Saskatoon 1,640 1,830 190 11.6
Alberta        
Calgary 5,530 8,940 3,410 61.7
Edmonton 5,730 8,530 2,800 48.9
British Columbia        
Abbotsford 2,430 3,580 1,150 47.3
Vancouver 16,790 26,020 9,230 55.0
Victoria 2,040 3,250 1,210 59.3
preliminairy
Note(s):
Number of beneficiaries receiving regular benefits exclude claimants receiving training, job creation and self-employment benefits as well as other employment and support measures benefits.