Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language

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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.
  • Overall population data is from the Pay System while official language information (first official language) are from the position classification information system. Please note that because the pay system is the source for the base population, the data shown here will not match that shown in the Official Languages Annual Report.

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )
First official language All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of FOL Table 2021 note 1 % of EE Table 2021 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2021 note 1 % of EE Table 2021 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2021 note 1 % of EE Table 2021 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2021 note 1 % of EE Table 2021 note 2 group
English 157,567 69.0 86,223 54.7 67.9 8,948 5.7 74.7 9,810 6.2 76.1 33,597 21.3 77.9
French 70,317 30.8 40,644 57.8 32.0 3,020 4.3 25.2 3,075 4.4 23.9 9,466 13.5 22.0
Unknown 461 0.2 176 38.2 0.1 9 2.0 0.1 8 1.7 0.1 59 12.8 0.1
Total Table 2021 note 3 228,345 100.0 127,043 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

FOL: First official language

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Table 2021 Note 2

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 2021 Note 3

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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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )
First official language All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of FOL Table 1 note 1 % of EE Table 1 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 1 note 1 % of EE Table 1 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 1 note 1 % of EE Table 1 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 1 note 1 % of EE Table 1 note 2 group
English 147,380 68.8 79,619 54.0 67.6 8,107 5.5 74.5 8,431 5.7 76.0 29,771 20.2 78.0
French 66,365 31.0 38,003 57.3 32.3 2,772 4.2 25.5 2,642 4.0 23.8 8,339 12.6 21.9
Unknown 375 0.2 138 36.8 0.1 9 2.4 0.1 14 3.7 0.1 35 9.3 0.1
Total Table 1 note 3 214,120 100.0 117,760 55.0 100.0 10,888 5.1 100.0 11,087 5.2 100.0 38,145 17.8 100.0

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note 1

FOL: First official language

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Table 1 Note 2

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 1 Note 3

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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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )
First official language All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of FOL Table 2 note 1 % of EE Table 2 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2 note 1 % of EE Table 2 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2 note 1 % of EE Table 2 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 2 note 1 % of EE Table 2 note 2 group
English 139,823 68.8 75,135 53.7 67.5 7,757 5.5 74.3 8,107 5.8 76.3 26,701 19.1 78.5
French 63,084 31.0 36,028 57.1 32.4 2,667 4.2 25.6 2,510 4.0 23.6 7,268 11.5 21.4
Unknown 361 0.2 169 46.8 0.2 11 3.0 0.1 5 1.4 0.0 35 9.7 0.1
Total Table 2 note 3 203,268 100.0 111,332 54.8 100.0 10,435 5.1 100.0 10,622 5.2 100.0 34,004 16.7 100.0

Table 2 notes

Table 2 note 1

FOL: First official language

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Table 2 note 2

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 2 note 3

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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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )
First official language All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of FOL Table 3 note 1 % of EE Table 3 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 3 note 1 % of EE Table 3 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 3 note 1 % of EE Table 3 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 3 note 1 % of EE Table 3 note 2 group
English 132,568 68.9 71,163 53.7 67.5 7,354 5.5 74.5 7,783 5.9 76.4 24,075 18.2 79.5
French 59,652 31.0 34,187 57.3 32.4 2,508 4.2 25.4 2,393 4.0 23.5 6,184 10.4 20.4
Unknown 247 0.1 115 46.6 0.1 14 5.7 0.1 5 2.0 0.0 14 5.7 0.0
Total Table 3 note 3 192,467 100.0 105,465 54.8 100.0 9,876 5.1 100.0 10,181 5.3 100.0 30,273 15.7 100.0

Table 3 notes

Table 3 note 1

FOL: First official language

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Table 3 note 2

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 3 note 3

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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Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and first official language (as of )
First official language All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number % of all employees Number % of FOL Table 4 note 1 % of EE Table 4 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 4 note 1 % of EE Table 4 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 4 note 1 % of EE Table 4 note 2 group Number % of FOL Table 4 note 1 % of EE Table 4 note 2 group
English 127,279 68.6 67,777 53.3 67.0 7,274 5.7 74.8 7,850 6.2 76.5 22,344 17.6 79.6
French 57,759 31.1 33,117 57.3 32.7 2,436 4.2 25.0 2,397 4.2 23.4 5,672 9.8 20.2
Unknown 446 0.2 242 54.3 0.2 16 3.6 0.2 12 2.7 0.1 42 9.4 0.1
Total Table 4 note 3 185,484 100.0 101,136 54.5 100.0 9,726 5.2 100.0 10,259 5.5 100.0 28,058 15.1 100.0

Table 4 notes

Table 4 note 1

FOL: First official language

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Table 4 note 2

EE: Employment Equity

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Table 4 note 3

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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