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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
is now
Employment and Social Development Canada



NOTE (by Gilles):
From 2003 to 2006 and again from 2008 until 2013, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRDC) was the name of the federal government department responsible for Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and much more. Today, in 2014, the name of that department is Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

For a timeline of the name of the department in whose bowels I toiled for 30 years, read the next yellow box below.

OR...

Go directly to the
Employment and Social Development (ESDC) Links page of this website


April 23, 2014

From Health and Welfare Canada to Employment and Social Development Canada:
What's in a Name?


Timeline of changes in the name of the federal department
responsible for Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan and more

1944
Health and Welfare Canada (HWC)

When I started working in the federal government back in the mid-1970s, it was with Health and Welfare Canada (HWC), the department that was responsible for Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, Unemployment Insurance, the Canada Assistance Plan and much more. The department name dated back to 1944.

1993
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)

After the 1993 federal election, the Department was split into its two main components --- the health component became a separate new Department, while the welfare side of HWC was transferred to the existing Employment and Immigration Canada (along with the Labour program) and everything was renamed Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC).
[ FACTOID : Word is that the new dept was initially going to be called Human Resources and Labour until someone figured out that the short-form dept name would be HRL Canada (or "Hurl Canada") - Yikes! back to the drawing board they went. And the rest is history... ]

2003
Social Development Canada (SDC) + Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Ten years later, in December 2003, when Paul Martin took office as Prime Minister of Canada, HRDC was split into two new departments: Social Development Canada (SDC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

2006
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

In February 2006, the new Conservative Government of Stephen Harper (I mean Canada's New Government) reunited SDC and HRSDC under the umbrella of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

2008
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

In 2008, the Conservatives fortified their minority grip on Parliament, and Canada's New Prime Minister started erasing the "Social" even from the federal government glossary, starting with the name of the Department responsible for the administration of Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan and other federal social programs. I guess Old Age Security and the CPP are now considered "human resources" programs in this Brave New World. Online researchers always dread these reorganizations, because websites are invariably turned upside down and inside out when ministerial mandates change.

2013
Employment and Social Development Canada

On July 15, 2013, Prime Minister Harper announced changes to the federal Ministry.

For more info on the new Ministry, see the following:
[ http://pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=5575 ]
[ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/07/14/pol-cabinet-shuffle-main-monday.html ]

The Honourable Jason Kenney is now Minister of Employment and Social Development,
and the Department is now called Employment and Social Development Canada
[ http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml ]

 

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