Issue 16-122: Employment Insurance

June 23, 2016

The number of Employment Insurance (EI) claimants receiving regular benefits in British Columbia decreased 2.2% (seasonally adjusted) in April. All four of the province’s Census Metropolitan Areas reported declines, the largest being in Vancouver (-3.7%) and Kelowna (-3.5%). The number of recipients in B.C. has been on a downward trend since August 2015.

At the national level, an estimated 538,410 Canadians received regular EI benefits in April, 0.9% fewer than in March. The largest decrease in the number of claimants was registered in Ontario (-2.4%), while Alberta (+1.2%) saw the most notable rise in the number of beneficiaries.  

Data Source: Statistics Canada