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.

We have moved our services and information to Canada.ca

All of ESDC’s Web content is now on Canada.ca.


Services and information

Employment Insurance

Find information related to the Employment Insurance (EI) program, including legislation and unemployment rates in Canada.

Pensions and retirement

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

Family benefits

Includes benefits to help your family with the costs of raising children, maternity and parental leave, compassionate care plus calculators to estimate benefit amounts to which you may be entitled.

Workplace standards

Information about federal and provincial labour laws, workplace standards, federal health and safety standards and labour relations programs.

Benefits by audience

Find information about benefits and programs, including eligibility.

Find a job

Find public and private sector job opportunities and hiring programs, apply or extend a work permit, get a Social Insurance Number, a criminal record check or a security clearance.

Disability benefits

Includes disability pensions and children's benefits, residential home rehabilitation, savings plans and a gasoline tax refund program.

Education and training

Information on education, training, financial assistance, support for apprentices, and the skills needed to find and keep a job.

Housing benefits

Includes information on the GST/HST new housing rebate, financial assistance to repair your home, improve accessibility for disabled occupants and increase its energy-efficiency.

Benefits payment calendar

Includes payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments.

What we are doing

Portfolio organizations

Labour Program

The Labour Program is responsible for protecting the rights and well-being of both workers and employers in federally regulated workplaces.

Service Canada

Service Canada is the place where Canadians go to access the programs, services, and benefits they need from the Government of Canada and its many partners.

Corporate information


Apply online for your Canada Pension Plan retirement pension

Apply online for your Canada Pension Plan retirement pension

Federal Student Work Experience Program

Provides full-time students valuable, hands-on work experience related to their field of study and allows for a wealth of learning opportunities. Students obtain fair and equal access to job opportunities across the country.

Job Bank - subscribe to Job Alerts

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