Issue 19-171Employment Insurance

October 24, 2019

The number of British Columbians receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits decreased slightly (-0.7% seasonally adjusted) in August, to 42,300.

Nationally, EI beneficiaries inched 0.4% higher between July and August, to reach 453,240. The number of beneficiaries increased in most areas of the country, with Ontario (-1.4%) and B.C. being the only two provinces to record declines. Quebec (+2.8%) saw the most substantial rise in the number of individuals receiving regular income benefits, followed by P.E.I. (+1.6%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada