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.
Please read our latest notices:
Services and information
Benefits, Canada EI Commission, Wage Earners Protection Program, and economic regions.
Payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments.
Job opportunities, work permits, Social Insurance Number, criminal record checks and security clearances.
Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning.
Maternity and parental leave, Employment Insurance, Canada Child Benefit, and survivor's pension.
Pensions, child benefits, savings plans, education funding, and gas tax refund program.
Temporary foreign workers, employer compliance and ineligibility.
Explore careers by education program, apprenticeship, and training programs.
GST/HST housing rebate, buying a home, and financial assistance to fix your home.
Grants and contributions that support jobs, training, and social development.
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.
Our mandate, portfolio, partners, access to information and transparency.
Benefits for Indigenous Peoples, active Forces members, veterans, people with a disability, retirees, and victims.
Evaluations, audits, annual reports, and other departmental and program reports.
Homelessness, seniors, poverty, disability, children and families, and not-for-profit organizations.
Promotional campaigns and initiatives led by ESDC.
What we are doing
- Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace Consultation
- Modernizing Labour Standards
- Temporary Foreign Worker program primary agriculture review
- Social Innovation and Social Finance
- How to prevent and reduce homelessness
Stories from Indigenous public servants
Indigenous employees share their thoughts and feelings about reconciliation and their experiences working in the federal government.
Dialogue with Duclos
Sign up to get the latest updates from Minister Duclos on ESDC’s programs, policies and services.
Cannabis in Canada. Get the facts
Cannabis became legal for adults in Canada on October 17, 2018. Get the facts.
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