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.

Employment and Social Development Canada stands ready to support softwood lumber workers who may be affected.

Please visit your local Service Canada office or call 1 800 206-7218 today (TTY: 1-800-529-3742)


Services and information

Employment Insurance

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

Find a job

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

Pensions and retirement

Retirement planning, public and registered pensions, RRSPs, RRIFs, retirement income calculator and more.

Disability benefits

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

Family benefits

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

Education and training

University, college, training, student loans and grants, scholarships, apprenticeship, and jobs.

Hire a temporary foreign worker

Temporary foreign workers, employer compliance and ineligibility.

Housing benefits

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


Support and funding to help stakeholders with their own solutions to various challenges affecting vulnerable populations in Canada.

Benefits payment calendar

Payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments.

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Workplace standards

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

Benefits by audience

Information about benefits and programs.

Corporate information

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

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

Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities


Apply online for your retirement pension

Applying for the Canada Pension Plan retirement pension online is easy, simple and secure.

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Join the discussion forum, take a survey, or share your story about reducing poverty in Canada.

The Canadian Retirement Income Calculator can help you plan for your future

Use the Canadian Retirement Income Calculator to decide when to start your Canada Pension Plan, then apply online.

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