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.
COVID-19: Gradual reopening of Service Canada Centres
Our priority is the health and safety of all Canadians, while maintaining service to the public.
Service Canada begins the gradual and safe reopening of in-person locations across the country.
Please continue to access our programs and services online.
To make an appointment or get assistance, please fill out the service request form.
If you need help applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you can talk to an agent at 1-833-699-0299.
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.
Promotional campaigns and initiatives led by ESDC.
What we are doing
- Consultation on Pay Equity Regulations
- Share your ideas: Canada’s National Strategy for the 2030 Agenda
Service Canada client experience survey
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Help create accessibility standards
Apply now to volunteer on Accessibility Standards Canada's committees and help create accessibility standards.
Roster of investigators – Apply now
Canada is creating a nation-wide roster of workplace harassment and violence prevention investigators. Apply now!
Supporting inclusive communities
Funding available for organizations to make workplaces and communities accessible
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