Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Employment Insurance (EI) ‒ Other benefits

Release date: November 17, 2021Updated on: July 13, 2022


Benefits for sickness, maternity, paternity, adoption, compassionate care, work sharing, retraining and benefits to self-employed fishers received under the federal Employment Insurance program or the Québec parental insurance plan during the reference period, before income tax deductions.

For the 2021 Census, the reference period for income data is the calendar year 2020, unless otherwise specified.

Statistical unit(s)


Reported in

2021 and 2016 (100% data).

Reported for

Population aged 15 years and over in private households

Question number(s)

Derived variable


Positive dollar value or nil


See 'Remarks' under total income.

This variable is a component of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. See also income sources.

For more information, please refer to Appendix 2.4 Components of income in 2020.

For additional information about data collection method, coverage, reference period, concepts, data quality and intercensal comparability of the income data, refer to the Income Reference Guide, Census of Population, 2021.

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