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.

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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.

Training

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.

Education

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.

Communities

Homelessness, seniors, poverty, disability, children and families, and not-for-profit organizations.

Campaigns

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 Duclos

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Minister Hajdu

The Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Minister Qualtrough

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility

Minister Tassi

The Honourable Filomena Tassi

Minister of Seniors

Features

Stories from Indigenous public servants

A photograph of hands coming together

Indigenous employees share their thoughts and feelings about reconciliation and their experiences working in the federal government.

Dialogue with Duclos

Photo of Minister Duclos in discussion

Sign up to get the latest updates from Minister Duclos on ESDC’s programs, policies and services.

Cannabis in Canada. Get the facts

The legalization of cannabis is an important reminder that workplace health and safety is a shared responsibility – everyone has a role to play.

Cannabis became legal for adults in Canada on October 17, 2018. Get the facts.

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