Minister of Employment and Social Development (Canada)

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Minister of Employment and Social Development of Canada
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Pierre Poilievre

since 9 February 2015
Department of Employment and Social Development
Style The Honourable
Member of
Appointer Governor General of Canada
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder Joe Volpe
Formation 12 December 2003
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The Minister of Employment and Social Development (French: Ministre des Ressources humaines et du Développement des compétences) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for Employment and Social Development Canada, the federal department that oversees programs such as Employment Insurance and Canada Student Loans. The Minister is also in charge of Service Canada. Prior to the July 15, 2013 cabinet shuffle, the position was styled as Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

On February 6, 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper transferred the responsibilities of the Minister of Social Development into this portfolio. Although the legislated names did not change, in accordance with this amalgamation the Minister was for a while styled the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development and the department operated as Human Resources and Social Development Canada. This ceased on October 30, 2008 and the name returned to the legislated one.

The current Minister is Pierre Poilievre.

The Minister is also responsible for the:



No. Portrait Name Term of office Political party Ministry
1 Volpe.jpg Joe Volpe December 12, 2003 January 14, 2005 Liberal 27 (Martin)
2 Lucienne Robillard January 14, 2005 May 17, 2005 Liberal
3 Belinda Head Shot - Golf Rocks.JPG Belinda Stronach May 17, 2005 February 5, 2006 Liberal
4 Diane Finley February 6, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper)
5 Monte Solberg.jpg Monte Solberg January 4, 2007 October 29, 2008 Conservative
6 Diane Finley October 30, 2008 July 15, 2013 Conservative
7 Jason Kenney 2014.jpg Jason Kenney July 15, 2013 February 9, 2015 Conservative
7 Pierre Poilievre.jpg Pierre Poilievre February 9, 2015 Incumbent Conservative

Prior to 2003, responsibilities for this portfolio fell under the Minister of Human Resources Development.