ESDC is the fourth-largest department within the Government of Canada, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the department of National Defence, and the Canada Revenue Agency. In very tangible ways, our employees touch the lives of Canadians across the entire country—our operations span Canada, with more than 65 percent of our employees working outside of the National Capital Region.
Our Ministers and Officials
Government departments are headed by ministers, who receive confidential advice from the public service and are held accountable for their decisions in Parliament and the country.
Deputy ministers are senior civil servants who take political direction from the minister and are responsible for the department's day-to-day operations, budget and program development.
- Louise Levonian, Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development
- Lori Sterling, Deputy Minister of Labour
- Leslie MacLean, Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada
- Benoît Robidoux, Associate Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development
Income Security and Social Development Branch
The Income Security and Social Development branch is the focal point for social policy and programs designed to ensure that children, families, seniors, people with disabilities, the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, communities and others who are facing social challenges have the support, knowledge, and information they need to maintain their well-being and facilitate their participation in society.
Office of Disability Issues
The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is a focal point within the Government of Canada for key partners working to promote the full inclusion and participation of Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of society and community life. ODI strives to provide leadership and foster excellence within the Government of Canada in this area of shared responsibilities.
The Learning branch helps Canadians attend college, university and trade schools by providing advice, loans, assistance, grants to students, by encouraging individuals and organizations to save for a child's post-secondary education, and by assisting children from low-income families through grants. It is responsible for programs and services related to learning, including student financial assistance, savings incentives for post-secondary education, and literacy.
Program Operations Branch
The Program Operations branch handles the operation and coordination of the Grant and Contributions programs across the Department.
Skills and Employment Branch
The Skills and Employment branch provides programs and initiatives that promote skills development, labour market participation and inclusiveness, as well as ensuring labour market efficiency. Specifically, these programs seek to address the employment and skills needs of those facing employment barriers, and contribute to lifelong learning and building a skilled inclusive labour force. Other programs that support an efficient labour market include the labour market integration of recent immigrants, the entry of temporary foreign workers, the mobility of workers across Canada and the dissemination of labour market information. This branch is also responsible for programs that provide temporary income support to eligible unemployed workers.
Office of Literacy and Essential Skills
The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is focused on improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. OLES provides expertise, project funding, and a wide range of learning tools and other resources. Through its activities, OLES aims to help Canadians get the skills they need to get a job, stay in the job market, and contribute to their communities and families.
Chief Audit Executive
The Chief Audit Executive supports the Department by providing independent, objective assurance to management on the adequacy and effectiveness of the management control frameworks, risk management, and governance processes within the department, as well as liaison services with the Office of the Auditor General and Central Agencies.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer provides functional direction, guidance and leadership for the management of the Department's financial resources, and works to cultivate and ensure an environment of fiscal responsibility, compliance and accountability.
The Corporate Secretary supports the Department by providing portfolio coordination, executive and ministerial services; coordination of cabinet and parliamentary affairs, and management of Access to Information and Privacy Act requests.
Human Resources Services Branch
The Human Resources Services branch provides human resource services and technical expertise to the Department including succession planning, career development, orientation and training; compensation and benefits; classification and staffing; organizational renewal design and development; labour relations; occupational health and safety; and employment equity and official languages.
Innovation, Information and Technology Branch
The Innovation, Information and Technology branch provides information and technology services to the Department. This includes business applications that support and streamline work processes, access data, and process millions of benefit-related transactions to address Canadians' needs.
Legal Services Branch
The Legal Services branch provides legal services to support the core operations and key initiatives of the Department. The services provided include: legal advice on program statutes and policies administered by the Department, policy advice for developing policy and legislative or regulatory proposals, and representing the Department before boards, tribunals and courts.
Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Branch
The Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations branch informs Canadians about ESDC's mandate, policies and programs. It also supports departmental activities in engaging and communicating with stakeholders and citizens.
Strategic and Service Policy Branch
The Strategic and Service Policy Branch (SSPB) integrates strategic and operational policy and service delivery across the Department. SSPB responsibilities include the development of economic, social and service strategic policies related to the mandate of the department; research activities in these sectors; strategic planning and priorities; the coordination of Service Canada regional operations; the Innovation Lab; strategic management of data; programs evaluation; Cabinet affairs and; intergovernmental and international relations.
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