National Council of Welfare - Fact Sheet on Welfare Recipients in Canada
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FACT SHEET: WELFARE RECIPIENTS


ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON WELFARE
BY PROVINCE AND TERRITORY
PROVINCE OR TERRITORY MARCH 31, 1993 MARCH 31, 1994 MARCH 31, 1995 MARCH 31, 1996 MARCH 31, 1997 MARCH 31, 1998 MARCH 31, 1999 MARCH 31, 2000
Newfoundland 68,100 67,400 71,300 72,000 71,900 64,600 59,900 59,400
Prince Edward Island 12,600 13,100 12,400 11,700 11,100 10,900 9,800 8,400
Nova Scotia 98,700 104,100 104,000 103,100 93,700 85,500 80,900 73,700
New Brunswick 78,100 73,500 67,400 67,100 70,600 67,100 61,800 56,300
Quebec 741,400 787,200 802,200 813,200 793,300 725,700 661,300 618,900
Ontario 1,287,000 1,379,300 1,344,600 1,214,600 1,149,600 1,091,300 910,100 802,000
Manitoba 88,000 89,300 85,200 85,800 79,100 72,700 68,700 63,300
Saskatchewan 68,200 81,000 82,200 80,600 79,700 72,500 66,500 63,800
Alberta 196,000 138,500 113,200 105,600 89,800 77,000 71,900 64,800
British Columbia 323,300 353,500 374,300 369,900 321,300 297,400 275,200 262,400
Yukon 2,500 2,400 2,100 1,700 2,000 2,100 1,700 1,400
Northwest Territories* 11,100 11,000 12,000 11,800 12,800 10,700 11,300 3,400
Nunavut**               7,300
CANADA 2,975,000 3,100,300 3,070,900 2,937,100 2,774,900 2,577,500 2,279,100 2.085,100

* Figures for the Northwest Territories are lower due to the creation of the new territory of Nunavut April 1, 1999.
** As the territory of Nunavut came into existence April 1, 1999, no separate data is available before this date.
Source: Human Resources Development Canada
Strategic Policy Branch
Social Policy Directorate
Quantitative and Information Analysis

For information on welfare rates, see Welfare Incomes 1999.

For more detailed statistics, see Profiles of Welfare: Myths and Realities



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