Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving employment insurance payments climbed 4.4 per cent from June to July as changes to extend benefits for those in hard-hit areas kicked in.
Documents outlining how the federal government chose 12 economic regions for extended EI benefits suggest Edmonton and at least two other areas would now qualify for the same help.
Freshly released figures show the government aims to recoup up to $377.6 million in fraudulent employment insurance benefits paid out during the life of the Conservative government.
An error in the jobs report issued last week by Statistics Canada has resulted in a freeze on new employment insurance claims.
Statistics Canada says 512,300 people were getting regular employment insurance benefits in November, a number virtually unchanged from October.
Statistics Canada says the number of people receiving regular employment insurance benefits was little changed in October at 510,500, following a decline in September.
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.