Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works to improve the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians. We do this by promoting a labour force that is highly skilled. We also promote an efficient and inclusive labour market.

Services and information

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Employment Insurance

Benefits, Canada EI Commission, Wage Earners Protection Program, and economic regions.

Benefits payment calendar

Payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments.

Find a job

Job opportunities, work permits, Social Insurance Number, criminal record checks and security clearances.

Public pensions

Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning.

Family benefits

Maternity and parental leave, Employment Insurance, Canada Child Benefit, and survivor's pension.

Disability benefits

Pensions, child benefits, savings plans, education funding, and gas tax refund program.

Hire a temporary foreign worker with an LMIA

Hiring streams and positions, employer compliance and obligations.


Explore careers by education program, apprenticeship, and training programs.

Housing benefits

GST/HST housing rebate, buying a home, and financial assistance to fix your home.

Funding programs

Grants and contributions that support jobs, training, and social development.

Workplace standards

Labour laws, workplace standards, health and safety standards and labour relations.


Student financial assistance for college and university; apprenticeship, continuing education, co-op, and internships.

Corporate information

Our mandate, portfolio, partners, access to information and transparency.

Benefits by audience

Benefits for Indigenous Peoples, active Forces members, veterans, people with a disability, retirees, and victims.

Publications and reports

Evaluations, audits, annual reports, and other departmental and program reports.


Promotional campaigns and initiatives led by ESDC.

Community Outreach and Liaison Service

Expands services within communities to increase awareness of and access to Service Canada's programs and services.

About ESDC


Parliamentary Secretaries

  • Irek Kusmierczyk

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages

  • Élisabeth Brière

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

  • Terry Sheehan

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Seniors

  • Sameer Zuberi

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities

  • Stéphane Lauzon

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizens’ Services

  • Lisa Hepfner

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Focus on

Indigenous peoples

Programs and services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis


Services for current and former military, RCMP and their families


Programs and services for teenagers and young adults

Black communities

Programs and services for Black communities and Black-led organizations

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