Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and occupational category

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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 occupational category (as of March 31, 2021)

Occupational category All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Executives 6,717 3,513 52.3 297 4.4 377 5.6 830 12.4
EX (Executive)
6,378 3,304 51.8 286 4.5 358 5.6 793 12.4
LC (Law Management)table 2021 note 1
339 209 61.7 11 3.2 19 5.6 37 10.9
Scientific and Professional 44,756 24,532 54.8 1,599 3.6 2,167 4.8 10,022 22.4
Administrative and Foreign Service 115,114 72,086 62.6 6,355 5.5 7,230 6.3 24,022 20.9
Technical 14,014 3,897 27.8 670 4.8 545 3.9 1,477 10.5
Administrative Support 18,705 14,427 77.1 1,243 6.6 1,408 7.5 3,693 19.7
Operational 29,029 8,582 29.6 1,812 6.2 1,166 4.0 3,077 10.6
Undetermined 10 6 60.0 1 10.0 0 0.0 1 10.0
Totaltable 2021 note 2 228,345 127,043 55.6 11,977 5.2 12,893 5.6 43,122 18.9

Table 2021 Notes

Table 2021 Note 1

LCs have been included as part of the Executive workforce since 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.

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

Occupational category All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Executives 6,212 3,172 51.1 254 4.1 291 4.7 714 11.5
EX (Executive)
5,895 2,970 50.4 244 4.1 278 4.7 681 11.6
LC (Law Management)table 2020 note 1
317 202 63.7 10 3.2 13 4.1 33 10.4
Scientific and Professional 41,355 22,342 54.0 1,378 3.3 1,765 4.3 8,816 21.3
Administrative and Foreign Service 105,165 65,623 62.4 5,639 5.4 6,071 5.8 20,716 19.7
Technical 13,640 3,733 27.4 631 4.6 523 3.8 1,354 9.9
Administrative Support 18,794 14,427 76.8 1,201 6.4 1,323 7.0 3,610 19.2
Operational 28,940 8,456 29.2 1,785 6.2 1,114 3.8 2,933 10.1
Undetermined 14 7 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 14.3
Totaltable 2020 note 2 214,120 117,760 55.0 10,888 5.1 11,087 5.2 38,145 17.8

Table 2020 Notes

Table 2020 Note 1

LCs have been included as part of the Executive workforce since 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.

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

Occupational category All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Executives 5,887 2,956 50.2 239 4.1 268 4.6 656 11.1
EX (Executive)
5,594 2,772 49.6 230 4.1 253 4.5 628 11.1
LC (Law Management)table 1 note 1
293 184 62.8 9 3.1 15 5.1 28 9.6
Scientific and Professional 38,612 20,644 53.5 1,260 3.3 1,625 4.2 7,832 20.3
Administrative and Foreign Service 96,616 60,349 62.5 5,256 5.4 5,684 5.9 17,762 18.4
Technical 13,475 3,653 27.1 637 4.7 549 4.1 1,300 9.6
Administrative Support 19,900 15,337 77.1 1,277 6.4 1,387 7.0 3,678 18.5
Operational 28,775 8,391 29.2 1,766 6.1 1,109 3.9 2,776 9.6
Undetermined 3 2 66.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Totaltable 1 note 2 203,268 111,332 54.8 10,435 5.1 10,622 5.2 34,004 16.7

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note 1

LCs have been included as part of the Executive workforce since 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.

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

Occupational category All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Executives 5,565 2,733 49.1 207 3.7 269 4.8 564 10.1
EX (Executive)
5,266 2,553 48.5 198 3.8 250 4.7 542 10.3
LC (Law Management)table 2 note 1
299 180 60.2 9 3.0 19 6.4 22 7.4
Scientific and Professional 35,920 19,061 53.1 1,148 3.2 1,466 4.1 6,938 19.3
Administrative and Foreign Service 90,144 56,613 62.8 4,888 5.4 5,340 5.9 15,605 17.3
Technical 12,988 3,505 27.0 589 4.5 554 4.3 1,211 9.3
Administrative Support 19,651 15,289 77.8 1,304 6.6 1,412 7.2 3,316 16.9
Operational 28,198 8,264 29.3 1,740 6.2 1,140 4.0 2,639 9.4
Undetermined 1 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Totaltable 2 note 2 192,467 105,465 54.8 9,876 5.1 10,181 5.3 30,273 15.7

Table 2 Notes

Table 2 Note 1

LCs have been included as part of the Executive workforce since 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.

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

Distribution of public service of Canada employees by designated group and occupational category (as of March 31, 2017)
Occupational category All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Executives 5,341 2,566 48.0 206 3.9 276 5.2 543 10.2
EX (Executive)
5,054 2,395 47.4 197 3.9 254 5.0 522 10.3
LC (Law Management)table 3 note 1
287 171 59.6 9 3.1 22 7.7 21 7.3
Scientific and Professional 33,779 17,728 52.5 1,091 3.2 1,448 4.3 6,318 18.7
Administrative and Foreign Service 86,032 54,086 62.9 4,722 5.5 5,332 6.2 14,263 16.6
Technical 12,682 3,372 26.6 596 4.7 570 4.5 1,142 9.0
Administrative Support 19,302 15,095 78.2 1,349 7.0 1,429 7.4 3,218 16.7
Operational 28,342 8,286 29.2 1,762 6.2 1,204 4.2 2,573 9.1
Undetermined 6 3 50.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 16.7
Totaltable 3 note 2 185,484 101,136 54.5 9,726 5.2 10,259 5.5 28,058 15.1

Table 3 Notes

Table 3 Note 1

LCs have been included as part of the Executive workforce since 2011 to 2012 fiscal year.

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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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