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80% of unemployed eligible for EI benefits

Ottawa, ON -- After three years of steady increase, the proportion of unemployed Canadians eligible for Employment ...


Human Resources

July 21, 2005
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Ottawa, ON — After three years of steady increase, the proportion of unemployed Canadians eligible for Employment Insurance benefits declined in 2004, according to data from the Employment Insurance Coverage Survey compiled by Statistics Canada.

About 814,900 unemployed individuals contributed to the Employment Insurance program in 2004 and 635,300 of them had a job separation that met the program criteria. This represented 53.5% of all unemployed, down from 57.1% in 2003.

Of these individuals, an estimated 511,000, or 80.4% were eligible to receive benefits in 2004.

The most common reason for not being covered by the Employment Insurance program was still the lack of paid employment during the 12 months prior to the survey. In 2004, an estimated 25.7% of unemployed individuals were not covered for this reason.

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In 2004, eligibility and access to maternity and parental benefits for mothers with a child up to 12 months old remained virtually unchanged from the previous year.

Nearly three-quarters (74.3%) of mothers had insurable employment. About two-thirds (65.9%) of mothers received maternity or parental benefits at some point during their pregnancy, or after the birth or adoption of their child.

Among paid workers, the average duration of the leave or planned leave remained stable at 11 months. For the first time in 2004, comparable data are also available for self-employed mothers who plan to take seven months of leave on average.

The proportion of fathers who claimed or intended to claim parental benefits slipped to 9.5% in 2004 from 11.1% in 2003. The mother’s desire to stay with her child was the most frequently reported reason for the father’s not taking parental leave, followed by financial reasons.