Employment Insurance Benefits increase in BC and Alberta

Dec 19, 2013

Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits in Canada was little changed in October at 510,500, following a decline in September. It says the number of beneficiaries was down 8.4% compared with October 2012.

The agency says British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan were the only provinces with notable increases in the number of regular EI beneficiaries in October compared with September.

In B.C., the number of beneficiaries was up 10.1%, while Alberta saw its numbers rise 1.2%, representing 350 people, and Saskatchewan had a 1.0% increase.

New Brunswick was the lone province to record a decrease. Numbers were little changed in the other Atlantic provinces and in Ontario and Quebec.