Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range

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Representation data for Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities is based on voluntary self-identification. Public servants can choose whether or not to self-identify; it is not mandatory. This means that the data may not provide an accurate reflection of the total number of public servants in each employment equity group.

About the data

When reading the tables below, the following information applies:

  • Source: Pay System as of March 31st of each year and Employment Equity Data Bank (EEDB).
  • Internal representation for Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities is based on those who have voluntarily chosen to self-identify in one of the respective employment equity groups, while sex information is taken from the pay system.
  • The data in these tables cover employees identified for the purpose of employment equity in the Regulations to the Employment Equity Act.
  • The information includes indeterminates, terms of three months or more, and seasonal employees of organizations captured under the Financial Administration Act, Schedules I and IV (Core Public Administration).
  • Excluded from this information are:
    • employees on leave without pay,
    • terms less than three months,
    • students and casual workers,
    • Governor in Council appointees,
    • Ministers’ exempt staff,
    • federal judges and
    • deputy ministers.

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2021)

Age range All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of age range % of EETable 2021 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2021 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2021 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2021 note 1 group
Under 20 95 0.0 35 36.8 0.0 Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note *
20 to 24 6,167 2.7 3,721 60.3 2.9 275 4.5 2.3 222 3.6 1.7 1,440 23.4 3.3
25 to 29 21,591 9.5 12,934 59.9 10.2 911 4.2 7.6 845 3.9 6.6 5,528 25.6 12.8
30 to 34 23,801 10.4 13,467 56.6 10.6 1,114 4.7 9.3 888 3.7 6.9 5,250 22.1 12.2
35 to 39 30,916 13.5 17,646 57.1 13.9 1,547 5.0 12.9 1,351 4.4 10.5 6,317 20.4 14.6
40 to 44 35,502 15.5 20,521 57.8 16.2 1,800 5.1 15.0 1,709 4.8 13.3 6,940 19.5 16.1
45 to 49 34,124 14.9 19,307 56.6 15.2 1,951 5.7 16.3 1,988 5.8 15.4 6,158 18.0 14.3
50 to 54 31,248 13.7 17,175 55.0 13.5 1,968 6.3 16.4 2,149 6.9 16.7 5,008 16.0 11.6
55 to 59 26,612 11.7 13,575 51.0 10.7 1,506 5.7 12.6 2,091 7.9 16.2 3,640 13.7 8.4
60 to 64 13,041 5.7 6,363 48.8 5.0 664 5.1 5.5 1,160 8.9 9.0 1,935 14.8 4.5
65 to 69 4,116 1.8 1,827 44.4 1.4 197 4.8 1.6 378 9.2 2.9 677 16.4 1.6
70+ 1,131 0.5 471 41.6 0.4 Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * 108 9.5 0.8 223 19.7 0.5
Unknown 1 0.0 1 100.0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note * Table 2021 note *
TotalTable 2021 note 2 228,345 100.0 127,043 55.6 100.0 11,977 5.2 100.0 12,893 5.6 100.0 43,122 18.9 100.0

Table 2021 Notes

Table 2021 Note 1

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Table 2021 Note 2

The sum of designated groups does not equal the total ("All Employees") because employees may have chosen to self-identify in more than one designated group, and men are included in the total.

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Table 2021 Note 3

Information for small numbers has been supressed (counts of 1 to 5). Additionally, to avoid residual disclosure, other data points, may also be supressed.

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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2020)

Age range All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of age range % of EETable 2020 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2020 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2020 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EETable 2020 note 1 group
Under 20 116 0.1 50 43.1 0.0 6 5.2 0.1 Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note *
20 to 24 5,920 2.8 3,537 59.7 3.0 267 4.5 2.5 177 3.0 1.6 1,370 23.1 3.6
25 to 29 18,657 8.7 11,143 59.7 9.5 755 4.0 6.9 633 3.4 5.7 4,538 24.3 11.9
30 to 34 22,030 10.3 12,258 55.6 10.4 1,032 4.7 9.5 736 3.3 6.6 4,663 21.2 12.2
35 to 39 29,342 13.7 16,536 56.4 14.0 1,372 4.7 12.6 1,073 3.7 9.7 5,603 19.1 14.7
40 to 44 33,762 15.8 19,312 57.2 16.4 1,699 5.0 15.6 1,501 4.4 13.5 6,357 18.8 16.7
45 to 49 32,181 15.0 18,007 56.0 15.3 1,856 5.8 17.0 1,708 5.3 15.4 5,427 16.9 14.2
50 to 54 30,284 14.1 16,461 54.4 14.0 1,822 6.0 16.7 1,906 6.3 17.2 4,529 15.0 11.9
55 to 59 25,519 11.9 12,872 50.4 10.9 1,346 5.3 12.4 1,937 7.6 17.5 3,260 12.8 8.5
60 to 64 11,836 5.5 5,634 47.6 4.8 556 4.7 5.1 1,015 8.6 9.2 1,677 14.2 4.4
65 to 69 3,516 1.6 1,555 44.2 1.3 145 4.1 1.3 317 9.0 2.9 533 15.2 1.4
70+ 955 0.4 393 41.2 0.3 32 3.4 0.3 80 8.4 0.7 186 19.5 0.5
Unknown 2 0.0 2 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note * Table 2020 note *
TotalTable 2020 note 2 214,120 100.0 117,760 55.0 100.0 10,888 5.1 100.0 11,087 5.2 100.0 38,145 17.8 100.0

Table 2020 Notes

Table 2020 Note 1

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 2020 Note 2

The sum of designated groups does not equal the total ("All Employees") because employees may have chosen to self-identify in more than one designated group, and men are included in the total.

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Table 2020 Note 3

Information for small numbers has been suppressed (counts of 1 to 5). Additionally, to avoid residual disclosure, other data points, may also be suppressed.

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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2019)

Age range All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of age range % of EEtable 1 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 1 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 1 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 1 note 1 group
Under 20 104 0.1 39 37.5 0.0 table 1 note * table 1 note * table 1 note * 0 0.0 0.0 9 8.7 0.0
20 to 24 4,933 2.4 2,927 59.3 2.6 205 4.2 2.0 131 2.7 1.2 1,058 21.4 3.1
25 to 29 15,767 7.8 9,394 59.6 8.4 657 4.2 6.3 456 2.9 4.3 3,555 22.5 10.5
30 to 34 20,736 10.2 11,418 55.1 10.3 956 4.6 9.2 629 3.0 5.9 4,131 19.9 12.1
35 to 39 28,442 14.0 16,026 56.3 14.4 1,376 4.8 13.2 1,014 3.6 9.5 5,277 18.6 15.5
40 to 44 32,235 15.9 18,429 57.2 16.6 1,682 5.2 16.1 1,447 4.5 13.6 5,731 17.8 16.9
45 to 49 30,748 15.1 17,040 55.4 15.3 1,830 6.0 17.5 1,676 5.5 15.8 4,949 16.1 14.6
50 to 54 30,297 14.9 16,438 54.3 14.8 1,789 5.9 17.1 1,960 6.5 18.5 4,149 13.7 12.2
55 to 59 24,807 12.2 12,598 50.8 11.3 1,262 5.1 12.1 1,970 7.9 18.5 2,974 12.0 8.7
60 to 64 11,189 5.5 5,285 47.2 4.7 513 4.6 4.9 972 8.7 9.2 1,513 13.5 4.4
65 to 69 3,193 1.6 1,408 44.1 1.3 136 4.3 1.3 297 9.3 2.8 497 15.6 1.5
70 + 815 0.4 329 40.4 0.3 25 3.1 0.2 70 8.6 0.7 160 19.6 0.5
Unknown 2 0.0 1 50.0 0.0 table 1 note * table 1 note * table 1 note * 0 0.0 0.0 1 50.0 0.0
Totaltable 1 note 2 203,268 100.0 111,332 54.8 100.0 10,435 5.1 100.0 10,622 5.2 100.0 34,004 16.7 100.0

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note 1

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 1 Note 2

The sum of designated groups does not equal the total ("All Employees") because employees may have chosen to self-identify in more than one designated group, and men are included in the total.

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Table 1 Note 3

Information for small numbers has been suppressed (counts of 1 to 5). Additionally, to avoid residual disclosure, other data points, may also be suppressed.

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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2018)

Age range  All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of age range % of EE table 2 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 2 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 2 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 2 note 1 group
Under 20 89 0.0 28 31.5 0.0 table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note *
20 to 24 3,680 1.9 2,201 59.8 2.1 152 4.1 1.5 80 2.2 0.8 748 20.3 2.5
25 to 29 12,749 6.6 7,542 59.2 7.2 509 4.0 5.2 329 2.6 3.2 2,685 21.1 8.9
30 to 34 20,044 10.4 11,137 55.6 10.6 918 4.6 9.3 588 2.9 5.8 3,722 18.6 12.3
35 to 39 27,313 14.2 15,453 56.6 14.7 1,320 4.8 13.4 971 3.6 9.5 4,837 17.7 16.0
40 to 44 30,513 15.9 17,377 56.9 16.5 1,628 5.3 16.5 1,368 4.5 13.4 5,190 17.0 17.1
45 to 49 29,382 15.3 16,279 55.4 15.4 1,793 6.1 18.2 1,601 5.4 15.7 4,541 15.5 15.0
50 to 54 30,499 15.8 16,537 54.2 15.7 1,752 5.7 17.7 2,078 6.8 20.4 3,864 12.7 12.8
55 to 59 23,978 12.5 12,298 51.3 11.7 1,202 5.0 12.2 1,921 8.0 18.9 2,725 11.4 9.0
60 to 64 10,615 5.5 5,064 47.7 4.8 477 4.5 4.8 923 8.7 9.1 1,361 12.8 4.5
65 to 69 2,889 1.5 1,274 44.1 1.2 102 3.5 1.0 267 9.2 2.6 457 15.8 1.5
70 + 714 0.4 274 38.4 0.3 21 2.9 0.2 54 7.6 0.5 138 19.3 0.5
Unknown 2 0.0 1 50.0 0.0 table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note * table 2 note *
Totaltable 2 note 2 192,467 100.0 105,465 54.8 100.0 9,876 5.1 100.0 10,181 5.3 100.0 30,273 15.7 100.0

Table 2 Notes

Table 2 Note 1

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 2 Note 2

The sum of designated groups does not equal the total ("All Employees") because employees may have chosen to self-identify in more than one designated group, and men are included in the total.

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Table 2 Note 3

Information for small numbers has been suppressed (counts of 1 to 5). Additionally, to avoid residual disclosure, other data points, may also be suppressed.

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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2017)

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and age range (as of March 31, 2017)
Age range All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of age range % of EEtable 3 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 3 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 3 note 1 group Number % of age range % of EEtable 3 note 1 group
Under 20 72 0.0 18 25.0 0.0 table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note *
20 to 24 2,807 1.5 1,692 60.3 1.7 114 4.1 1.2 54 1.9 0.5 577 20.6 2.1
25 to 29 10,944 5.9 6,325 57.8 6.3 462 4.2 4.8 235 2.1 2.3 2,253 20.6 8.0
30 to 34 19,616 10.6 10,834 55.2 10.7 910 4.6 9.4 619 3.2 6.0 3,562 18.2 12.7
35 to 39 26,833 14.5 15,155 56.5 15.0 1,292 4.8 13.3 951 3.5 9.3 4,683 17.5 16.7
40 to 44 29,028 15.6 16,337 56.3 16.2 1,617 5.6 16.6 1,350 4.7 13.2 4,740 16.3 16.9
45 to 49 28,556 15.4 15,881 55.6 15.7 1,811 6.3 18.6 1,633 5.7 15.9 4,296 15.0 15.3
50 to 54 31,142 16.8 16,794 53.9 16.6 1,760 5.7 18.1 2,283 7.3 22.3 3,681 11.8 13.1
55 to 59 23,128 12.5 11,879 51.4 11.7 1,150 5.0 11.8 1,902 8.2 18.5 2,489 10.8 8.9
60 to 64 10,022 5.4 4,834 48.2 4.8 493 4.9 5.1 923 9.2 9.0 1,197 11.9 4.3
65 to 69 2,705 1.5 1,155 42.7 1.1 99 3.7 1.0 248 9.2 2.4 457 16.9 1.6
70 + 630 0.3 232 36.8 0.2 17 2.7 0.2 59 9.4 0.6 118 18.7 0.4
Unknown 1 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note * table 3 note *
Totaltable 3 note 2 185,484 100.0 101,136 54.5 100.0 9,726 5.2 100.0 10,259 5.5 100.0 28,058 15.1 100.0

Table 3 Notes

Table 3 Note 1

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 3 Note 2

The sum of designated groups does not equal the total ("All Employees") because employees may have chosen to self-identify in more than one designated group, and men are included in the total.

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Table 3 Note 3

Information for small numbers has been suppressed (counts of 1 to 5). Additionally, to avoid residual disclosure, other data points, may also be suppressed.

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