A bythenumbers look at extended EI benefits to hardhit economic regions

first_imgOTTAWA – Last year’s federal budget unveiled a program to help eligible workers in 12 regions of the country hard hit by a downturn in commodity prices. Three regions were added in May.Here is a breakdown, by region, of the number of claims and how much they have cost as of July 9, the day after eligibility closed.Claims for an extra five weeks of EINewfoundland and Labrador: 48,950Sudbury, Ont.: 3,774Northern Ontario: 21,222Northern Manitoba: 5,958Saskatoon: 5,649Southern Saskatchewan: 6,148Northern Saskatchewan: 8,870Calgary: 27,068Edmonton: 30,261Northern Alberta: 9,707Southern Alberta: 21,602Southern Interior B.C.: 21,161Northern B.C.: 13,579Whitehorse: 774Nunavut: 526Total: 225,249Claims by long-tenured workersNewfoundland and Labrador: 6,078Sudbury, Ont.: 1,322Northern Ontario: 4,864Northern Manitoba: 897Saskatoon: 2,914Southern Saskatchewan: 3,028Northern Saskatchewan: 2,655Calgary: 19,120Edmonton: 19,424Northern Alberta: 4,825Southern Alberta: 15,222Southern Interior B.C.: 7,095Northern B.C.: 4,202Whitehorse: 244Nunavut: 122Total: 92,012Extra Benefits PaidNewfoundland and Labrador: $194.5 millionSudbury, Ont.: $18.2 millionNorthern Ontario: $93.1 millionNorthern Manitoba: $22.8 millionSaskatoon: $34.4 millionSouthern Saskatchewan: $38.2 millionNorthern Saskatchewan: $48.5 millionCalgary: $224.9 millionEdmonton: $230.3 millionNorthern Alberta: $62.1 millionSouthern Alberta: $169 millionSouthern Interior B.C.: $101.1 millionNorthern B.C.: $63.4 millionWhitehorse: $3.6 millionNunavut: $2.4 millionTotal: $1.306 billion(Source: Employment and Social Development Canada)last_img read more