Corporate information

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services. Learn more about ESDC and its portfolio.

Governor in Council appointments

The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour are responsible for recommending Governor in Council (GIC) appointments to 6 different entities. Read more about Governor in Council appointments.

Contracting information for suppliers

For contracting information, see Contracting Information for Suppliers: ESDC Standard Terms and Conditions and Doing Business with ESDC.

Direct deposit for businesses and individuals

Direct deposit is replacing cheques as the primary payment method for all federal payments. Enroll in direct deposit now to begin receiving your payments electronically.

Information for ESDC employees

For information intended for all employees of ESDC, Labour and Service Canada, see Office status for ESDC employees.


The Government of Canada is committed to open government and Employment and Social Development Canada is providing open access to information. Learn more about how we are transparent in everything we do.

ESDC Code of Conduct

The ESDC Code of Conduct describes the values ESDC employees uphold as public servants. The Code is a tool to guide ESDC employees' decisions and actions in their everyday work as they provide the best possible programs, policies and services that respond to the needs of Canadians.

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Your questions, comments and suggestions are welcome. For media enquiries or to set up an interview, contact the Media Enquiries unit. You can also contact our programs for more specific inquiries.

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