About Us

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services. Find out more about what we do by consulting our Report on Plans and Priorities and our Departmental Performance Report.

We are committed to excellence in what we do:

  • For people - we serve Canadians with a focus on accountability and results.
  • Through partnerships - we work with Canadians to find innovative ways to develop and deliver the policies and programs they need.
  • Through knowledge - we generate, contribute, and share knowledge effectively to support and inform decision-making.

Our mission

ESDC's mission is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians' quality of life.

To do this, we:

  • develop policies that make Canada a society in which all can use their talents, skills and resources to participate in learning, work and their community;
  • create programs and support initiatives that help Canadians move through life's transitions—from families with children to seniors, from school to work, from one job to another, from unemployment to employment, from the workforce to retirement;
  • create better outcomes for Canadians through service excellence with Service Canada and other partners; and
  • engage our employees, establish a healthy work environment, nurture a culture of teamwork, and build our leadership capacity.

Organizational structure

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.

Governor in Council appointments

The Minister of Employment and Social Development and the Minister of Labour are responsible for recommending Governor in Council appointments to 7 different bodies including administrative tribunals, boards, a commission, and advisory groups.

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 ESDC Office Status.