Distribution of Employees in the Federal Public Sector and the Federally Regulated Private Sector

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Figure 1: Distribution of Employees in the Federal Public Sector and the Federally Regulated Private Sector

Distribution of Employees in the Federal Public Sector and the Federally Regulated Private Sector
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The total number of employees in the Federal Public Service and the Federally Regulated Private Sector is 1.40 million.

There are 575,900 employees in the Federal Public Sector, broken down as follows:

  • Group 1 Core Public Administration, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 267,700
  • Group 2 Separate Agencies 73,900
  • Group 3 Canadian Armed Forces, Regular Force 65,200
  • Group 3 Canadian Armed Forces, Reservists 37,500
  • Group 4 Crown Corporations and Other (which includes Minister’s office exempt staff (714), employees of the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library of Parliament, and other) 131,700

There are 828,200 employees in Group 5, the Federally Regulated Private Sector, broken down as follows:

  • Transportation, including Road, Air, Rail, Maritime 310,400
  • Banks 260,400
  • Telecom and broadcasting 138,400
  • Postal and pipelines 58,200
  • Feed, flour, seed, grain 18,000
  • Miscellaneous (for example uranium mining, oil and gas exploration in the territories) 7,800
  • Indigenous government on First Nations reserves 35,000

Source for the Federal Public Sector counts: Provided directly by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. The figures reflect a data extract in March 2021.

Source for the Federally Regulated Private Sector counts: Federal Jurisdiction Workplace Survey, 2015; Survey of Employment, Payroll, and Hours, 2015 to 2019; Labour Program calculations. The figures are for 2019.

Note: The Labour Program normally reports Federally Regulated Private Sector employee counts to include those in Crown corporations. As they are accounted for in the Federal Public Sector, on the left-hand side of the graphic, they were subtracted from the Federally Regulated Private Sector figures.

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