EI beneficiaries climb to 560,400Ottawa to extend length of benefits and hire more staff to process claims03/24/2009|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/07/2009 The number of people receiving employment insurance benefits increased by 23,700 in January, with Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario being the hardest hit, according to Statistics Canada.The 4.4-per-cent increase from December brings the total number of Canadians receiving EI benefits to 560,400. In Alberta, 23,300 people received regular EI benefits in January, up 10.5 per cent from December. B.C. had 56,100 beneficiaries, up nine per cent, while Ontario had 181,500, a 6.2-per-cent increase. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.