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Record of Employment (ROE) - 2018

Record of Employment (ROE) data is now available in Research Data Centres across Canada.

Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) are pleased to announce the availability of microdata on Records of Employment (ROE) from Labour Statistics Division’s administrative records.

The ROE data contains person-level information from ROE forms. The ROE form—whether electronic or paper—is the form that employers complete for employees who stop working for various reasons, including retirements, quit, job loss. Employers may not issue a ROE in all cases. But for employees who experience an interruption of earnings and want to claim Employment Insurance (EI), the ROE is a mandatory document. Recently, more ROE forms are completed electronically, either through Secure Automated Transfer, or ROE web application.  The remaining forms are completed using paper copies.

The ROE data provides longitudinally linkable information on individuals' job separations over the period from 1987 to the most recent update, for policy analysis, research, and evaluation activities. Such activities foster the development and implementation of federal labour market and income related policies and programs in an effective manner, and consistent with national goals.

The 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 or injured child or adult). 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 ROE includes very limited information on EI claims. Please refer to the Employment Insurance Status Vector and the Employment Insurance Beneficiaries data for detailed information on beneficiary records.

For any ROE related questions please contact your RDC analyst. All other inquiries can be sent to our generic email address STATCAN.de-mad-rdcdata.STATCAN@canada.ca.

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