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Hyperlinking Policy

Links to web sites not under the control of the Government of Canada (GoC) are provided solely for the convenience of users. The GoC is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or the reliability of the content. The GoC does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content.

Users should be aware that information offered by non-GoC sites are not subject to theOfficial Languages Act and may therefore be available in only the language(s) used by the sites in question.

Copyright / Permission to Reproduce

Materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled in whole or in part by the Government of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada.

The material on this site is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Non-commercial Reproduction

  • Information on this Web site has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal or public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole, and by any means, without charge or further permission, unless otherwise specified.
  • Users are required to:
    • Exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
    • Indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author organization; and
    • Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.
  • Unless otherwise specified, this authorization is also applicable to all published information regardless of its format.

Commercial Reproduction

Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from the copyright administrator, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials on this site for commercial purposes, contact:

Employment and Social Development Canada
Creative Services
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 10th Floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0J9


Email the copyright administrator (ESDC)

Some of the content on this site may be subject to the copyright of another party. Where information has been produced or copyright is not held by Government of Canada, the materials are protected under the Copyright Act, and international agreements. Details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant page(s).

Reproduction of Government Symbols

The official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the "Canada" wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without written authorization. Request for authorization from the Treasury Board Secretariat may be addressed to:

Federal Identity Program
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
300 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0R5

Third-party Materials

Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Government of Canada web sites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of sites that are jointly operated by a Government of Canada institution and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

Privacy Statement

The Government of Canada and the Department are committed to providing visitors with web sites that respect their privacy. This Privacy Statement summarizes the privacy policy and practices on the Employment and Social Development Canada web site.

This web site does not automatically gather any specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or e-mail address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supplied it by sending us an e-mail or registering in a secure portion of the site.

All personal information created, held or collected by the Department is protected under the federal Privacy Act. This means that at any point of collection you will be asked for consent to collect your information or advised of the authority for such collection. You will also be informed of the purpose for which the personal information is being collected, and how to exercise your right of access to, and correction of, that information.

Note: Unless specifically noted otherwise, neither electronic systems nor e-mail are secure information transmission methods. Therefore, it is not recommended that you send sensitive personal information electronically.The Department employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our Web site, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our web site unless an attempt to damage the web site has been detected.

The Department may use "cookies" to track how our visitors use this site or to determine sites previously visited. The cookies we use do not allow us to identify individuals. They are compiled into statistical information on traffic patterns and are used to assess site efficiency. The system will notify you before any cookies are used so that you may refuse them, and the refusal of cookies will not affect the site performance or restrict your ability to access information from this site. (A "cookie" is a file that may be placed on your hard drive without your knowledge by a Web site to allow it to monitor your use of the site.) Visitor information is not disclosed to anyone except Government of Canada personnel who need the information to carry out responsibilities of their job. Any further disclosure of the personal information you give us will be in accordance with the federalPrivacy Act.

If you require clarification about this Statement, please contact the Department's Access to Information and PrivacyPrivacy Coordinator.

For more information concerning your rights under the Privacy Act, or if you are dissatisfied with a response you receive from the Privacy Coordinator regarding a privacy concern with this web site, please contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

For a description of the records held by the Department please visit the Sources of Federal Government Information on Info Source.

For a description of standard personal information banks held by federal institutions, please visit the Standard Bank Descriptions on Info Source.

Please note that the Department's web site provides links to other sites that are not covered by this privacy policy.

External Service Providers

In order to effectively operate its Web sites, the Department occasionally uses external service providers. Such service providers are bound by a contract with the Department to treat any personal information they may receive in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of the Privacy Act.

Any questions, concerns or complaints you may have about how such external service providers handle personal information should be directed to the Departments' Access to Information and Privacy Privacy Co-ordinator.

If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Official Languages

The Department is bound by the Official Languages Act, the associated Regulations and relevant Treasury Board policies. Where required, web site information is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information from external sources that are not subject to the Official Languages Act is only provided as a convenience and is available only in the language in which it was provided.


Some of the information and services found on this web site have been provided by external sources. The Department is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information or services provided by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information or services should consult directly with the appropriate source.

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