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

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.

Workplace standards

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

Housing benefits

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

Benefits by audience

Information about benefits and programs.

Benefits payment calendar

Payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments.

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All ESDC services

A list of services offered by Employment and Social Development Canada.

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.

Join the Advisory Committee on Poverty

Apply now by filling out a Nomination Questionnaire! You could help inform the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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