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.
Important notice: Service Canada offices are changing how you can access their services
Our priority is the health and safety of all Canadians, while maintaining service to the public. We are temporarily closing in person Service Canada Centres to allow us to better prioritize capacity and to ensure critical service delivery to vulnerable clients.
Please read our latest notices:
- March 2020 – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- November 2019 – Data Breaches: How to protect your SIN
- June 2018 – Steel and aluminum tarrifs
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
Stories from Indigenous public servants
Indigenous employees share their thoughts and feelings about reconciliation and their experiences working in the federal government.
Roster of investigators – Apply now
Canada is creating a nation-wide roster of workplace harassment and violence prevention investigators. Apply now!
Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate
Register for Accessibility Standards Canada’s first public meeting and be part of the discussion on April 6.
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