Working-age population receiving employment insurance benefits, by province

Number of employment insurance beneficiaries has decreased in recent years

  • In 2007, the average number of Canadians who received employment insurance (EI) benefits each month was 734,000, or 2.8% of the working-age population.

  • The number of EI beneficiaries has declined by 12.8% since 2003, after increasing during the previous three years. This decrease reflects the improvement in labour market conditions from 2003 to 2007.

  • In 2007, Ontario had the largest number of EI beneficiaries and 32% of all beneficiaries. Nevertheless, Ontarians who received EI benefits made up only 2.3% of the province's working-age population.

  • The highest concentrations of beneficiaries were in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. In 2007, the Atlantic provinces had 19% of all EI beneficiaries even though they accounted for only 7% of Canada's working-age population.

Chart K.2
Share of working-age population receiving employment insurance benefits, by province, 2007

Chart K.2  Share of working-age population receiving employment insurance benefits, by province, 2007

Sources: Statistics Canada, Employment Insurance Program and Labour Force Survey, CANSIM tables 276-0001 and 282-0002.

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