Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Funding Guide for Business Owners

This guide for business owners covers current Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) funding programs, including wage subsidies and other types of financing for entrepreneurs.

This is our dedicated “hub” page for Employment and Social Development Canada funding programs. We’ll continuously update this page to reflect changes in programs – so bookmark this page and check back often for updates!

Employment and Social Development Canada Mandate

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.

ESDC delivers programs and services to each and every Canadian throughout their lives in a significant capacity. ESDC fulfills its mission by:

  • Developing policies that ensure Canadians 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 those unemployed due to job loss, illness or caregiving responsibilities;
  • Helping Canadians with distinct needs such as Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, homeless people, travelers and recent immigrants;
  • Ensuring labour relations stability by providing mediation services;
  • Promoting a fair and healthy workplace by enforcing minimum working conditions, promoting decent work and employment equity, and fostering respect for international labour standards; and
  • Delivering programs and services on behalf of other departments and agencies.

Employment and Social Development Canada Priorities

The Department’s core responsibilities include:

  • Social development – increasing inclusion and opportunities for participation of Canadians in their communities;
  • Pensions and benefits – assisting Canadians in maintaining income for retirement, and providing financial benefits to survivors, people with disabilities and their families;
  • Learning, skills development and employment – helping Canadians access post-secondary education, obtain the skills and training needed to participate in a changing labour market, and providing supports to those who are temporarily unemployed;
  • Working conditions and workplace relations – promoting safe, healthy, fair and inclusive work conditions and cooperative workplace relations;
  • Information delivery and services for other government departments – providing information to the public on the programs of the Government of Canada and the department, and providing services on behalf of other government departments.

You can learn about ESDC’s priorities by reading its 2022-2023 Departmental Plan.

Types of Funding Employment and Social Development Canada Offers

Employment and Social Development Canada offers wage subsidies, grants and more.

Employment and Social Development Canada Contact

ESDC is committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide a single point of access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need.

Click here for the complete list of Employment and Social Development Canada contact details.

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