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EISV (Employment Insurance Status Vector)


The microdata from the Employment Insurance Program’s administrative records on EI beneficiaries are now available in the RDCs.The Employment Insurance Status Vector (EISV) data consist of individual-level, weekly records covering the period of January 1997 to August 2018. For each individual, there is a hierarchy of files, including one “header” file and multiple “trailer” files.
The header file contains policy-relevant information on the claims, such as the reason of separation, the previous occupation of the claimant, and the number of weeks of benefits received. The trailer files contain supplementary information on a weekly basis for those claims. There are three trailer files, capturing relevant weekly information on: 1. Disqualification or disentitlement; 2. Benefits (i.e., information reported by an EI claimant on biweekly reports to Service Canada, and the outcome of these reports, regarding the payment of benefits, the reason for non-payment of benefits, and receipt of income from other sources, such as part-time work or training allowance); and 3. Earnings (i.e., detailed work activity and earnings, as reported by an EI claimant to Service Canada on a biweekly basis). In addition, EISV postal code file is available in a separate folder. Access is granted separately to EISV-postal code as specified by the MRC. 
For any EISV related questions, and to access the data, please contact your local RDC.
The Employment Insurance (EI) program provides temporary income support to unemployed workers while they look for employment or upgrade their skills. It also provides special benefits to workers who take time off from work in relation to specific life events (e.g., illness; pregnancy; and caring for a newborn, newly-adopted or critically-ill child or a family member who is seriously ill with a significant risk of death). Workers receive EI benefits only if they have paid premiums in the past year and meet qualifying and entitlement conditions. Self-employed workers may participate in EI and receive special benefits. For more information, please refer to the most recent EI Monitoring and Assessment Report.
The Value of EI Status Vector microdata:
  • Fills data gaps with detailed weekly benefits and labour market activity at small geographic levels for all EI beneficiaries since 1997
  • Will allow analysis of:
    • How EI beneficiaries respond to changes in program regulations
    • Differences in outcomes for subpopulations
    • Detailed geographic anlaysis of community effects
  • Depending on record linkage approval, researcher may be able to:
    • Create longitudinal histories of all EI beneficiaries since 1997
    • Analyze change in EI benefit recidivism over time
    • Study differences between subpopulation in the recidivism of EI benefits

Publications using this survey

Finnie, R., and Gray D. (2018).  How do older laid-off workers get by: Reemployment, early retirement, or social insurance benefits?. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques, 44 (2), 173-189. Abstract
Finnie, R., Gray D., and Zhang Y. (2016).  A longitudinal analysis of GIS entries and exits. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques, 42 (3), 287-307. Abstract
Finnie, R., Gray D., and Zhang Y. (2013).  Guaranteed income supplement (GIS) status amongst the retired population: An analysis of the incidence. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques, 39 (S1), S65-S79. Abstract