Table 276-0003 2
Employment Insurance program (EI), number of disqualifications and disentitlements by province and reason, unadjusted for seasonality
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by Geography; by Disqualifications and disentitlements;
Employment Insurance program (EI), number of disqualifications and disentitlements by province and reason, unadjusted for seasonality, monthly (persons)
Geography Disqualifications and disentitlements 2017
January February March April May
footnotes
Canada Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 116,760 101,230 105,430 93,060 81,690
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 2,740 2,220 2,770 2,280 2,240
Not capable or not available 42,700 36,450 37,450 33,480 25,470
Labour dispute 430 150 120 50 170
Refusal of suitable work 20 10 20 10 10
Misconduct 2,410 2,150 2,420 1,990 2,420
Voluntary quit 8,990 8,280 9,120 7,540 9,280
Incomplete documentation 6,070 6,230 6,430 5,700 6,880
Failure to search for work 120 150 190 140 160
Other reasons 53,290 45,590 46,910 41,860 35,080
Newfoundland and Labrador Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 2,460 2,430 3,540 4,440 4,100
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 210 160 240 150 160
Not capable or not available 830 910 1,340 1,870 1,640
Labour dispute 50 10 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 40 30 40 40 40
Voluntary quit 180 200 240 180 230
Incomplete documentation 110 110 120 120 120
Failure to search for work 0 10 10 0 0
Other reasons 1,050 1,010 1,560 2,070 1,910
Prince Edward Island Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 780 910 1,690 1,480 760
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 20 30 20 20 20
Not capable or not available 310 390 750 660 270
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 0 10 10 20 10
Voluntary quit 60 50 40 30 50
Incomplete documentation 60 40 60 40 70
Failure to search for work 10 0 0 0 10
Other reasons 340 400 800 710 340
Nova Scotia Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 2,640 2,980 4,340 4,670 3,210
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 70 50 120 60 70
Not capable or not available 910 1,130 1,720 1,990 1,180
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 70 70 90 60 70
Voluntary quit 280 280 280 260 270
Incomplete documentation 210 180 210 160 240
Failure to search for work 10 10 10 10 10
Other reasons 1,090 1,260 1,920 2,140 1,370
New Brunswick Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 2,750 2,730 5,010 4,900 3,260
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 80 90 120 100 100
Not capable or not available 1,000 1,030 2,070 2,110 1,220
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 50 60 80 70 70
Voluntary quit 270 230 260 220 270
Incomplete documentation 210 190 190 170 190
Failure to search for work 10 10 20 10 10
Other reasons 1,140 1,140 2,270 2,230 1,400
Quebec Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 37,810 31,730 28,630 26,110 21,730
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 250 350 480 480 420
Not capable or not available 13,800 11,380 9,610 9,210 6,260
Labour dispute 300 90 100 40 60
Refusal of suitable work 10 10 0 0 0
Misconduct 680 640 700 600 630
Voluntary quit 2,270 2,180 2,400 1,950 2,370
Incomplete documentation 1,850 1,620 1,680 1,670 2,160
Failure to search for work 40 60 50 50 50
Other reasons 18,620 15,410 13,600 12,120 9,770
Ontario Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 34,250 30,680 31,880 24,970 22,640
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 1,410 1,020 1,230 1,020 750
Not capable or not available 12,640 10,960 11,220 8,480 6,950
Labour dispute 50 50 20 10 10
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 620 590 640 490 650
Voluntary quit 2,750 2,670 2,910 2,200 2,790
Incomplete documentation 1,910 2,270 2,240 1,890 2,210
Failure to search for work 20 20 30 20 20
Other reasons 14,850 13,120 13,590 10,860 9,260
Manitoba Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 2,880 2,380 2,430 2,000 1,700
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 30 30 20 30 40
Not capable or not available 1,080 870 870 670 440
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 110 80 100 80 110
Voluntary quit 350 280 340 290 320
Incomplete documentation 150 170 160 160 180
Failure to search for work 0 10 10 0 10
Other reasons 1,150 950 930 780 600
Saskatchewan Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 3,330 3,160 3,070 2,340 2,320
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 100 70 90 70 80
Not capable or not available 1,090 1,110 980 690 560
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 130 90 120 80 110
Voluntary quit 350 300 330 250 390
Incomplete documentation 180 180 190 180 210
Failure to search for work 0 10 20 10 20
Other reasons 1,470 1,400 1,320 1,060 960
Alberta Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 16,390 12,920 13,530 12,260 11,800
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 340 260 260 220 350
Not capable or not available 6,150 4,750 4,890 4,430 3,850
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 10 0 10
Misconduct 400 330 390 310 390
Voluntary quit 1,290 1,050 1,220 1,130 1,370
Incomplete documentation 680 670 750 590 630
Failure to search for work 20 20 20 20 20
Other reasons 7,500 5,830 6,000 5,560 5,190
British Columbia Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 12,950 10,950 11,020 9,570 9,870
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 220 160 180 140 250
Not capable or not available 4,770 3,840 3,910 3,290 3,030
Labour dispute 30 0 10 0 100
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 10 0 0
Misconduct 290 260 250 230 300
Voluntary quit 1,130 1,000 1,040 980 1,170
Incomplete documentation 690 760 800 700 850
Failure to search for work 20 20 20 30 30
Other reasons 5,810 4,910 4,810 4,210 4,170
Yukon Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 180 120 100 140 90
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 10 0 0 0 0
Not capable or not available 70 50 40 50 30
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 0 0 0 0 0
Voluntary quit 20 20 10 10 10
Incomplete documentation 10 10 0 10 10
Failure to search for work 0 0 0 0 0
Other reasons 80 50 40 70 40
Northwest Territories including Nunavut 1  (Terminated) Disqualifications and disentitlements, total  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Not capable or not available  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Labour dispute  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Refusal of suitable work  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Misconduct  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Voluntary quit  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Incomplete documentation  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Failure to search for work  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Other reasons  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)  (T)
Northwest Territories 1 Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 110 80 70 90 70
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 0 0 0 0 0
Not capable or not available 20 20 20 20 10
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 0 0 10 10 10
Voluntary quit 20 10 20 20 20
Incomplete documentation 10 10 10 0 0
Failure to search for work 0 0 0 0 0
Other reasons 60 40 20 40 30
Nunavut 1 Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 50 60 70 50 80
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 0 0 0 0 0
Not capable or not available 10 10 20 10 10
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 0 10 10 10 10
Voluntary quit 20 20 20 20 20
Incomplete documentation 0 10 10 0 10
Failure to search for work 0 0 0 0 0
Other reasons 20 10 20 20 30
Outside Canada Disqualifications and disentitlements, total 170 110 50 40 60
Not unemployed or no interruption of earnings 0 0 0 0 0
Not capable or not available 40 30 20 30 30
Labour dispute 0 0 0 0 0
Refusal of suitable work 0 0 0 0 0
Misconduct 0 0 0 0 0
Voluntary quit 10 0 0 0 0
Incomplete documentation 10 10 0 0 0
Failure to search for work 0 0 0 0 0
Other reasons 110 60 30 10 30

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Footnotes:

Due to data availability, non-seasonally adjusted series for Northwest Territories including Nunavut are terminated in December 1999 and new non-seasonally adjusted series for Northwest Territories and for Nunavut start in January 2000.
Employment Insurance Program (E.I.) statistics are produced from administrative sources provided by Service Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada. Data on disentitlements and disqualifications are based on administrative transactions used by Service Canada to process EI claims. These should be interpreted with caution as they differ from other available EI statistics provided. A disentitlement is a suspension of benefits that may be imposed when a claimant fails to meet a specific entitlement condition. A disentitlement applies on a day-to-day basis for as long as the claimant's situation remains unchanged. No benefits are payable during a period of disentitlement. A disqualification is a suspension of benefits imposed due to a specific action or inaction by the claimant. It can be either indefinite or for a specific number of complete weeks. Data on disentitlements and disqualifications provide an indication on the reasons why benefits may have been suspended. These data are not a measure of the number of people whose benefits were suspended, because: 1) Multiple disentitlements/disqualifications could be imposed on a claimant, yet only one week of benefits could be affected. 2) Disentitlements/disqualifications do not necessarily result in non-payment of benefits. 3) Claimants who were denied benefits because they did not fulfill their obligations can have their benefits re-instated once they demonstrate that they meet all their obligations. 4) Non-payment of benefits resulting from a disentitlement or disqualification can cover a period of time from one day to a specific number of complete weeks.

Source:  Statistics Canada. Table  276-0003 -  Employment Insurance program (EI), number of disqualifications and disentitlements by province and reason, unadjusted for seasonality, monthly (persons),  CANSIM (database). (accessed: )
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