Request for information — Labour

Under the authority of the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is hereby requesting the following information, which will be used solely for statistical and research purposes and will be protected in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Act and any other applicable law. This is a mandatory request for data.

Employment insurance, social assistance and other transfers

Data on Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) recipients

What information is being requested?

Administrative data on recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) are being requested. The CERB and CESB records include information such as application dates, type of benefits, eligibility criteria, and amounts paid to recipients and amounts refunded by recipients under each program.

What personal information is included in this request?

In addition to information about the benefit received, this request also includes the recipient's Social Insurance Number. This personal identifier is required to permit integration with other Statistics Canada information. This will enable the production of relevant statistics that are far more valuable from a policy perspective and have more benefits for Canadians than could be created from CERB or CESB records alone. Before the integration process, the Social Insurance Number will be replaced by an anonymized person key.

What years of data will be requested?

Bi-weekly data starting from March 2020 and ongoing.

From whom will the information be requested?

This information is being requested from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Why is this information being requested?

Many questions around policy have been raised about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), and other emergency programs enacted by the Government of Canada. Statistics Canada requires the CERB and CESB data from the Canada Revenue Agency and Employment and Social Development Canada in order to prepare basic statistical tables and permit further analysis. This will allow the agency to provide Canadians with a better understanding about who was most affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic and the mitigating impact of these exceptional transfers. This data will also inform policy makers on how to evaluate services and programs to better mitigate the labour market disruptions as Canada moves into a recovery phase and society adapts.

Statistics Canada may also use the information for other statistical and research purposes.

Why were these organizations selected as data providers?

CRA and ESDC collect and maintain the CERB and CESB information as part of program delivery and program monitoring.

When will this information be requested?

August 2020

When was this request published?

August 17, 2020

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