Earnings Supplement Project (ESP) – Seasonal Employment and Reliance on Employment Insurance: Evidence From the SLID


With the growth in part-time and non-permanent employment opportunities, many workers demonstrate seasonal patterns of employment even though they are not working in a typically seasonal industry. This creates confusion around the concept of seasonality, as there are various ways to define and measure seasonal work. This paper contributes to our understanding of this issue by providing insight into the multi-dimensionality of seasonal employment in Canada, proposing an original measure of long-term seasonal employment, and documenting the extent to which seasonality in employment contributes to the frequent reliance on EI benefits.