Government of Nova Scotia, Canada

Home > Economics and Statistics > Archived Daily Stats
The Economics and Statistics Division maintains archives of previous publications for accountability purposes, but makes no updates to keep these documents current with the latest data revisions from Statistics Canada. As a result, information in older documents may not be accurate. Please exercise caution when referring to older documents. For the latest information and historical data, please contact the individual listed to the right.

<--- Return to Archive

For additional information relating to this article, please contact:

Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email:

January 20, 2023

In November, there were 22,270 Nova Scotians in receipt of regular employment insurance benefits (seasonally adjusted). Nova Scotia's seasonally adjusted regular employment insurance usage declined by 790 (-3.4%) from October to November 2022.

There were 396,270 Canadians that received regular employment insurance benefits in November (seasonally adjusted), a decrease of 22,680 (-5.4%) from October.

All provinces reported a decline in regular beneficiaries in November. The largest decline in percentage terms was reported in Quebec (-9.5%).

Comparing the first eleven months of 2022 with the same period in 2021, Nova Scotia's employment insurance usage was down by 49.9%. National employment insurance usage was down by 63.7% with declines in all provinces. The largest decline in employment insurance usage was reported in Ontario and the smallest in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The number of employment insurance beneficiaries amounted to 4.3% of the labour force in Nova Scotia in November 2022. Nationally, the share of beneficiaries was 1.9% of the labour force. 

Use of employment insurance (as a share of the labour force) declined compared to pre-pandemic levels for all age cohorts of women as well as for men.   

Across all age cohorts, there are fewer women than men of comparable ages using employment insurance.

Use of employment insurance was down for all counties comparing unadjusted regular beneficiaries for November 2022 with those reported in November 2021.

In percentage terms, the largest decline in employment insurance use from November 2021 to November 2022 was reported in Halifax (-61.3%). Victoria reported the smallest decline (-13.3%).

Notes: From March to September 2020, Statistics Canada suspended publication of employment insurance statistics.  Canadians were eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) during this period.  Data for the period from March to September 2020 shows how an initial rise in employment insurance claims at the start of the pandemic was reversed as new employment insurance applicants were directed to CERB instead.  After September 27, 2020 there was a temporary expansion of employment insurance and CERB recipients were transitioned back to employment insurance. Temporary changes, including a reduction in the number of insurable hours required for eligibility, ended in September 2021. 

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  14-10-0011-01   Employment insurance beneficiaries (regular benefits) by province and territory, monthly, seasonally adjustedTable  14-10-0323-01   Employment insurance beneficiaries by census division, monthly, unadjusted for seasonalityTable 14-10-0337-01  Employment insurance beneficiaries (regular benefits) by province, territory and occupation, monthly, seasonally adjustedTable 14-10-0287-01  Labour force characteristics, monthly, seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle, last 5 months

<--- Return to Archive