Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (Canada)
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Ministry Federal Incumbent
Style The Honourable Appointed by Michaëlle Jean
as Governor General of Canada
First Joe Volpe Formation 12 December 2003 Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure Website www.hrsdc.gc.ca Canada
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The Minister of Human Resources and Skills 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 Human Resources and Skills 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.
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 Diane Finley.
The Minister is also responsible for the:
- Canada Employment Insurance Commission
- Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
- Canada Pension Plan: Pension Appeals Board
- Canada Pension Plan: Review Tribunals
- Employment Insurance: Board of Referees
- National Council of Welfare
No. Name Term of office Political party Ministry 1 Joe Volpe December 12, 2003 January 14, 2005 Liberal 27 (Martin) 2 Lucienne Robillard January 14, 2005 May 17, 2005 Liberal 3 Belinda Stronach May 17, 2005 February 5, 2006 Liberal 4 Diane Finley February 6, 2006 January 3, 2007 Conservative 28 (Harper) 5 Monte Solberg January 4, 2007 October 29, 2008 Conservative 6 Diane Finley October 30, 2008 Incumbent Conservative
Prior to 2003, responsibilities for this portfolio fell under the Minister of Human Resources Development.
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