Population of the Federal Public Service by Age Band

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About the data

When reading the table below, the following information applies:

  • Source of Information: Pay System as of of each year.
  • The federal public service consists of 2 population segments: the core public administration and separate agencies.
  • Departments and agencies in the core public administration are named in schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act. The Treasury Board is the employer of this segment of the federal public service.
  • Separate agencies are named in Schedule V of the act. Separate agencies conduct their own negotiations or set their own classification levels for their employees.
  • Included in this information are:
    • active employees of all employment tenures (indeterminate, term, casual and student)
    • Governor in Council appointees
    • deputy ministers
    • federal judges
  • Excluded from this information are:
    • inactive employees (employees on leave without pay)
    • ministers’ exempt staff
    • employees locally engaged outside of Canada
    • RCMP Regular Force members
    • RCMP Civilian members
    • Canadian Forces members
  • Population counts for the following separate agencies are not included because their employee information is not available in the Pay System:
    • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
    • National Capital Commission
    • Canada Investment and Savings
    • Canadian Forces Non-Public Funds
    • Security Intelligence Review Committee (before 2010)
Population of the federal public service by age band
Age band Year
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Core public administration
<20 562 457 426 335 408 416 406 451 569 586 641
20-24 9,390 8,458 7,178 5,510 5,674 6,222 6,903 7,555 9,338 11,263 12,511
25-29 20,156 19,990 18,192 15,296 13,639 12,908 12,803 13,129 15,340 18,605 21,553
30-34 25,477 25,752 24,890 23,116 22,084 21,520 21,150 20,682 21,269 22,070 23,278
35-39 26,497 27,323 27,583 27,158 27,093 27,353 27,445 27,614 28,156 29,366 30,228
40-44 28,337 28,471 28,324 27,908 27,689 28,088 28,841 29,729 31,207 32,932 34,495
45-49 34,607 34,125 32,975 31,090 29,611 28,649 28,570 29,196 30,082 31,440 32,800
50-54 35,711 35,656 35,032 34,228 33,514 33,151 32,463 31,886 31,229 31,003 30,966
55-59 23,574 23,848 23,922 22,696 22,343 23,194 23,868 24,236 25,030 25,839 26,517
60-64 9,535 10,090 10,198 9,760 9,722 10,227 10,730 11,002 11,569 12,206 12,785
65+ 2,749 3,053 3,307 3,419 3,553 3,837 4,174 4,209 4,521 5,001 5,400
Unknown 1 1 1 - - - 1 2 2 4 2
Separate agencies
<20 169 127 119 89 112 80 95 143 192 268 256
20-24 2,596 2,244 2,047 1,668 1,755 1,879 1,984 2,378 2,955 3,544 3,787
25-29 5,099 4,796 4,667 4,099 4,036 3,970 3,924 4,241 4,927 5,708 6,219
30-34 6,892 6,745 6,754 6,299 6,182 5,969 5,933 6,025 6,237 6,574 6,768
35-39 7,564 7,574 7,893 7,511 7,662 7,735 7,894 8,019 8,240 8,347 8,367
40-44 8,901 8,675 8,673 8,345 8,234 8,239 8,339 8,685 8,924 9,297 9,646
45-49 11,727 11,147 10,827 9,921 9,576 9,210 9,098 9,108 9,381 9,363 9,423
50-54 11,657 11,806 12,209 11,719 11,405 11,135 10,773 10,410 10,150 9,924 9,738
55-59 7,802 7,752 8,197 7,966 8,064 8,282 8,458 8,707 8,701 8,742 8,840
60-64 3,045 3,263 3,534 3,468 3,531 3,631 3,737 3,829 3,978 4,223 4,414
65+ 931 999 1,144 1,216 1,251 1,338 1,389 1,458 1,571 1,676 1,816
Unknown 1 - - - - 1 1 2 3 2 -
Total 282,980 282,352 278,092 262,817 257,138 257,034 258,979 262,696 273,571 287,983 300,450

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These data present population counts by age band for the federal public service (all departments and agencies governed by the Financial Administration Act (FAA) Schedules I, IV and V) from to .

Glossary of key terms

To assist you with your analysis of federal public service human resources data, we have compiled a glossary of key terms that are used in many of the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer’s (OCHRO) demographic snapshots and reports. This glossary has been developed to help provide a common language across OCHRO’s demographic snapshots and reports.

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