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.

Softwood lumber: Important notice

The Government of Canada is ready to support workers and their families who are affected by the April 24, 2017, U.S. decision to impose duties on Canadian softwood lumber products.

Consult our notice on Softwood lumber for more information.


Services and information

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

Temporary foreign workers, employer compliance and ineligibility.


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.


Homelessness, seniors, poverty, disability, children and families, and not-for-profit organizations.


Promotional campaigns and initiatives led by ESDC.

What we are doing

Portfolio organizations

Labour Program

The Labour Program promotes safe, healthy, cooperative and productive workplaces that benefit us all.

Service Canada

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to government services and benefits

Corporate information

Minister Duclos

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Minister Hajdu

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Minister Hehr

The Honourable Kent Hehr

Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities


Dialogue with Duclos

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Labour Standards – online survey

Online survey on Federal Labour Standards

Take part in the online survey on Labour Standards. It takes only a few minutes to complete.

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