Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) 

Address: 223 Churchill Avenue, St. John’s, NL A1A 1N3 

Formerly Human Resources and Skills Development Canada 

General Inquiries: 1-800-O-CANADA (1-800-622-6232) 
Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development.html 


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.

Target Population:


Highlights of Programs/Services Offered:

ESDC provides a multitude of services and information: 

Employment Insurance 

Benefits, Canada EI Commission, Wage Earners Protection Program, and economic regions. 

Benefits payment calendar 

Payment dates for recurring Government of Canada benefit payments. 

Find a job 

Job opportunities, work permits, Social Insurance Number, criminal record checks and security clearances. 

Public pensions 

Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning. 

Family benefits 

Maternity and parental leave, Employment Insurance, Canada Child Benefit, and survivor’s pension. 

Disability benefits: 

 Pensions, child benefits, savings plans, education funding, and gas tax refund program. 

Publications and reports 

Evaluations, audits, annual reports, and other departmental and program reports. 

Hire a temporary foreign worker with an LMIA 

Hiring streams and positions, employer compliance and obligations. 


Explore careers by education program, apprenticeship, and training programs. 

Housing benefits 

GST/HST housing rebate, buying a home, and financial assistance to fix your home. 

Funding programs 

Grants and contributions that support jobs, training, and social development. 

Workplace standards 

Labour laws, workplace standards, health and safety standards and labour relations. 


Student financial assistance for college and university; apprenticeship, continuing education, co-op, and internships. 

Corporate information 

Our mandate, portfolio, partners, access to information and transparency. 

Benefits by audience 

Benefits for Indigenous Peoples, active Forces members, veterans, people with a disability, retirees, and victims. 


Promotional campaigns and initiatives led by ESD