Federal finance Minister Jim Flaherty is denying a federal watchdog analysis that says he's using high EI premiums to beef up his expected budget surplus in 2015.
Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits decreased in September by 1.4 per cent compared with the previous month.
A taxpayer group says Canada's employment insurance system is broken and needs to be replaced.
A disproportionate drop in employment insurance recipients in Atlantic Canada suggests federal EI restrictions are having a negative impact that will only get worse as seasonal industries lay off staff, critics say.
Ottawa defended its changes to EI yesterday in response to a request from four Atlantic premiers for the federal government to suspend changes made to the program.
Labour unions, community groups and students are among those taking part in a march against the federal government's EI reforms today in Montreal.
The Crown Corporation that oversees employment insurance says its financing is looking healthy and will show a surplus next year.