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.

Find out if your local Service Canada Centre is open

Please continue to access our programs and services online.

To make an appointment or get assistance, please fill out the service request form.

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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.


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 Qualtrough

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Minister Hussen

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Minister Tassi

The Honourable Filomena Tassi

Minister of Labour

Minister Schulte

The Honourable Deb Schulte

Minister of Seniors

Parliamentary secretary

Irek Kusmierczyk

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Parliamentary secretary

Adam Vaughan

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing)

Parliamentary secretary

Anthony Housefather

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour

Parliamentary secretary

Stéphane Lauzon

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors


Roster of investigators – Apply now

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Canada is creating a nation-wide roster of workplace harassment and violence prevention investigators. Apply now!

Inclusive and accessible communities

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Youth Leaders! Help make your communities more inclusive and accessible

Together, toward an accessible Canada

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Accessibility Standards Canada’s first annual report is out

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