Timeline of changes in the name of the federal department
responsible for Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan and more
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.
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
[ 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... ]
Social Development Canada (SDC) + Human Resources and Skills Development
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
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).
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.
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:
The Honourable Jason Kenney is now Minister of Employment
and Social Development,
and the Department is now called Employment
and Social Development Canada