Employment and Social Development Canada

Statement - COVID-19: In person Service Canada Centres to be closed

Friday, March 27, 2020 - 2:58am

Service Canada employees, along with many other public servants, have been working around the clock to deliver essential supports to Canadians during this difficult time.

Key Points: 
  • Service Canada employees, along with many other public servants, have been working around the clock to deliver essential supports to Canadians during this difficult time.
  • At this time, we will be closing in person Service Canada Centres.
  • Our Citizen Service Officers will be providing personalized service support for EI and pensions applications, in addition to the services provided over the phone by our call centres.
  • Service Canada Community Outreach and Liaison Service staff are contacting communities to offer alternate service delivery methods that will continue to support access to critical programs, services and benefits.

Joint Ministerial Statement on the Auditor General of Canada's Spring 2019 Report on Government Call Centres

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:30pm

In 2018-19, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)'s audited federal call centres received approximately 38 million calls.

Key Points: 
  • In 2018-19, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)'s audited federal call centres received approximately 38 million calls.
  • "Significant work is underway across our departments to provide tangible, specific solutions that respond to people's shifting needs and heightened expectations in today's service climate.
  • "We thank the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for their work and dedication to improving services for Canadians and temporary and permanent residents.
  • We are modernizing our technology, and continuing to enhance service delivery for clients."

Statistics Canada launches crowdsourcing consultation on measuring poverty

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:46pm

OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2018 /CNW/ -As part of a consultation to validate how it measures poverty, Statistics Canada has launched a short questionnaire to seek input from Canadians.

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2018 /CNW/ -As part of a consultation to validate how it measures poverty, Statistics Canada has launched a short questionnaire to seek input from Canadians.
  • The consultation is being undertaken on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), following a recent announcement by the Government of Canada that the Market Basket Measure (MBM) will be used as Canada's Official Poverty Line.
  • Participation is anonymous and respondent information is protected by the Privacy Act.
  • All Canadians are invited to take part in the questionnaire between October 15, 2018 and January 31, 2019.

Jazz Aviation honoured with Employment Equity Achievement Award for second year

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:00pm

HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is the recipient of a Sector Distinction Award for outstanding achievement in employment equity in the workplace for a second year in a row.

Key Points: 
  • HALIFAX, Oct. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Chorus Aviation Inc. ('Chorus') (TSX: CHR) announced today that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP ("Jazz") is the recipient of a Sector Distinction Award for outstanding achievement in employment equity in the workplace for a second year in a row.
  • The award was received from Employment and Social Development Canada at the Employment Equity Achievements Awards event in Ottawa on October 3, 2018.
  • "Employment equity is a top priority at Jazz, as demonstrated through our many efforts to foster diversity in the workplace.
  • The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour presented recipients with the Employment Equity Achievement Awards.

Statement by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to mark International Literacy Day

Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 4:13pm

GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 8, 2018 /CNW/ -The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement today to mark International Literacy Day:

Key Points: 
  • GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 8, 2018 /CNW/ -The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, issued the following statement today to mark International Literacy Day:
    "Literacy and essential skills are the foundation for lifelong learning, access to opportunity and success.
  • This year, the theme of International Literacy Day is 'Literacy and skills development'.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada's Office of Literacy and Essential Skills aims to help adult Canadians improve their literacy and essential skills to better prepare for, get and keep a job, and adapt and succeed at work.
  • Let's all take this occasion, on International Literacy Day, to recognize those who work to improve literacy in Canada and around the world, and reflect on ways to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

The Prime Minister announces a change in the senior ranks of the Public Service

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 6:38pm

OTTAWA, Aug. 31, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, Aug. 31, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the following change in the senior ranks of the Public Service:
    Louise Levonian, currently Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada, becomes Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office, effective September 4, 2018.
  • Ms. Levonian was recently nominated by the Minister of Finance to become the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, nine Caribbean countries, and Belize at the International Monetary Fund.
  • Until the International Monetary Fund election process is complete and she is formally named to the position, Ms. Levonian will serve as Senior Advisor to the Privy Council Office.

Canada highlighted its commitment to the 2030 Agenda at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:25pm

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is proud to lead the development of a Canadian implementation strategy in collaboration with other Ministers and their departments.

Key Points: 
  • The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is proud to lead the development of a Canadian implementation strategy in collaboration with other Ministers and their departments.
  • In support of Canada's commitment to the 2030 Agenda, the Minister traveled to New York for the 2018 United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development to present Canada's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report which highlights Canada's progress to date on the 2030 Agenda both at home and abroad.
  • Throughout the HPLF, Canada made meaningful contributions to global discussion on the path forward to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
  • To further support Canada in its efforts to achieve the SDGs, a unit will be established within Employment and Social Development Canada.

Language rights: Commissioner Théberge appeals decision in FFCB case

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

GATINEAU, QC, June21,2018 /CNW/ -Raymond Thberge, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, is appealing today the decision handed down by the Federal Court on May23, 2018, in the case of the Fdration des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) versus Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Employment Insurance Commission.

Key Points: 
  • GATINEAU, QC, June21,2018 /CNW/ -Raymond Thberge, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, is appealing today the decision handed down by the Federal Court on May23, 2018, in the case of the Fdration des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) versus Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Employment Insurance Commission.
  • "I initially intervened before the Federal Court because of the importance of the issues raised.
  • Given the decision, I want to appeal in order to prevent a decline in the rights ensured by the Official Languages Act,"stated Mr.Thberge.
  • "I want to remind Canadians of the importance of continuing to file complaints when federal institutions appear to be violating the Official Languages Act.