Representation in the public service of Canada by designated group and fiscal year with workforce availability estimates

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 table 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.
  • The latest estimates of workforce availability are based on information from the 2016 Census of Canada and the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability.
  • Workforce availability estimates include only Canadian citizens in those occupations in the Canadian workforce that correspond to occupations in the core public administration.
Public service representation All employees Women Indigenous peoples Persons with disabilities Members of visible minorities
Number Number % Number % Number % Number %
Notes: n/a: not applicable
As of March 31, 2021 228,345 127,043 55.6 11,977 5.2 12,893 5.6 43,122 18.9
As of March 31, 2020 214,120 117,760 55.0 10,888 5.1 11,087 5.2 38,145 17.8
As of March 31, 2019 203,268 111,332 54.8 10,435 5.1 10,622 5.2 34,004 16.7
As of March 31, 2018 192,467 105,465 54.8 9,876 5.1 10,181 5.3 30,273 15.7
As of March 31, 2017 185,484 101,136 54.5 9,726 5.2 10,259 5.5 28,058 15.1
Workforce availability
2016 Census and 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability n/a n/a 52.7 n/a 4.0 n/a 9.0 n/a 15.3
2011 National Household Survey and 2012 Canadian Survey on Disability n/a n/a 52.5 n/a 3.4 n/a 4.4 n/a 13.0
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