The number of persons who
were paid supplementary benefits during the last week of March, 1954, which is the last week on record, is as follows:
Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia 9,816
Ontario (east of lakehead) 19,034
Western Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
and Alberta 11,561
British Columbia 8,249
The house will note, of course, that these totals correspond with the five regional administrative areas of the commission. The same information is not yet available broken down by provinces. No information is available as to the number included in the above who will exhaust their supplementary benefits between April 3 and April 15, and the number who will be paid up to and including April 15. It should be pointed out that, as benefits are paid in arrears, those who have entitlement up to April 15 will receive their last week's benefit during the week ending April 24.
With regard to the city of Montreal, there were 6,168 persons paid supplementary benefits during the last week in March. The port of Montreal is now open and a construction program is getting under way, so we feel sure that these activities will absorb a substantial number of workers.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF SUPPLEMENTARY BENEFITS