Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services.
The mission of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), including the Labour Program and Service Canada, is to build a stronger and more inclusive Canada, to support Canadians in helping them live productive and rewarding lives and improving Canadians' quality of life.
Mandate and role
ESDC delivers a range of programs and services that affect Canadians throughout their lives. The Department provides seniors with basic income security, supports unemployed workers, helps students finance their post-secondary education and assists parents who are raising young children. The Labour Program contributes to social and economic well-being by fostering safe, healthy, fair and inclusive work environments and cooperative workplace relations in the federal jurisdiction. Service Canada helps citizens access ESDC's programs, as well as other Government of Canada programs and services.
In particular, the Department is responsible for delivering over $120 billion in benefits directly to individuals and organizations through such Government of Canada programs and services as Employment Insurance, Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan and the Canada Student Loans Program. The Department also provides $1.8 billion in funding to other orders of government, educators and organizations in the voluntary and private sectors.
To fulfill its mission, the Department is responsible for:
- developing policies that ensure all can use their talents, skills and resources to participate in learning, work and their community;
- delivering programs that help Canadians move through life's transitions, from school to work, from one job to another, from unemployment to employment, from the workforce to retirement;
- providing income support to seniors, families with children and Employment Insurance beneficiaries;
- fostering inclusive growth by providing opportunity and assistance to Canadians with distinct needs, such as Indigenous people, people with disabilities, homeless people and recent immigrants;
- overseeing labour relations, occupational health and safety, labour standards, employment equity and workers' compensation in the federal jurisdiction; and
- delivering programs and services on behalf of other departments and agencies, such as passport services delivered on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and services to veterans delivered on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.
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