Interesting facts on EI in Canada

Based on the 2009 Employment Insurance data (those reporting EI income), there are some interesting trends worth noting.  Certainly the wide swing in the ratio of EI usage in Canada is pretty remarkable.  For every 100 people in NL that report employment income, nearly 37 report EI income.  In Saskatchewan it is under 11 per 100.

The most interesting statistic, however; has to do with the urban/rural usage of EI – particularly in the Maritime Provinces.  In the urban areas of Moncton, Saint John and Halifax, EI usage is actually around or below the national average and well below many urban centres in Ontario and Quebec.  In other words, EI usage is actually higher in many Ontario urban centres than in Maritime Province urban centres.  The recent recession has amplified this effect, however.   But this does show the extend to which rural Atlantic Canada has become dependent on EI.  In New Brunswick, outside of Moncton and Saint John for every 100 persons reporting employment income in 2009 there were around 32 reporting EI income.

Ratio of EI Income Recipients to Employment Income Earners (2009)
per 100 Employment Income Earners
Canada 15.9
Newfoundland and Labrador 36.7
Prince Edward Island 31.1
Nova Scotia 21.3
New Brunswick 26.1
Quebec 20.3
Ontario 14.2
Manitoba 12.1
Saskatchewan 10.8
Alberta 11.2
British Columbia 13.6
Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table Table 111-0007.

EI Payments (total) by Province – Per Capita (2009)
Canada

$580.4

Newfoundland and Labrador

$1,916.9

Prince Edward Island

$1,509.2

Nova Scotia

$822.4

New Brunswick

$1,111.9

Quebec

$698.2

Ontario

$506.4

Manitoba

$374.9

Saskatchewan

$388.7

Alberta

$445.3

British Columbia

$478.1

Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table Table 111-0007.

Ratio of EI Income Recipients to Employment Income Earners (2009)
per 100 Employment Income Earners
Saguenay, Quebec 25.7
Sherbrooke, Quebec 23.3
Windsor, Ontario 21.9
Greater Sudbury, Ontario 18.5
St. John’s, NL 18.3
Brantford, Ontario 18.1
Abbotsford-Mission, British Columbia 18.0
St. Catharines-Niagara, Ontario 17.4
Guelph, Ontario 17.2
Québec, Quebec 16.9
Montréal, Quebec 16.4
Saint John, New Brunswick 16.2
Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, ON 16.2
Moncton, New Brunswick 16.0
Thunder Bay, Ontario 15.8
Barrie, Ontario 15.2
London, Ontario 15.1
Kelowna, British Columbia 14.8
Oshawa, Ontario 14.3
Peterborough, Ontario 14.2
Hamilton, Ontario 13.5
Toronto, Ontario 12.8
Halifax, Nova Scotia 12.4
Winnipeg, Manitoba 11.7
Vancouver, British Columbia 11.6
Edmonton, Alberta 11.4
Calgary, Alberta 11.0
Kingston, Ontario 10.9
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 9.7
Victoria, British Columbia 9.6
Regina, Saskatchewan 8.9
Source: Statistics Canada CANSIM Table Table 111-0007.
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