Population of the Federal Public Service by Province and Tenure

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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)
Federal Public Service: Annual Population by Province and Tenure
  Year
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Province Tenure
AB Casual 369 416 340 386 393 383 381 245 272 284 328
Indeterminate 14,467 14,247 13,777 12,825 12,402 12,316 12,328 12,507 12,438 12,945 13,462
Student 215 213 199 181 210 240 230 220 265 282 282
Term 1,469 1,352 1,335 1,366 1,442 1,489 1,864 1,940 2,141 2,048 2,016
BC Casual 731 658 688 578 600 676 578 466 385 429 423
Indeterminate 21,938 21,929 21,615 20,399 19,407 19,190 19,103 18,918 19,129 19,947 20,682
Student 519 527 481 410 439 448 437 419 424 516 524
Term 2,847 2,536 2,593 2,410 2,355 2,609 2,706 2,580 2,972 2,988 3,111
Unknown - - - - - - - - 1 10 10
MB Casual 366 395 345 357 398 232 216 96 107 118 109
Indeterminate 9,767 9,472 9,297 8,763 8,372 8,314 8,126 8,226 8,395 8,805 9,121
Student 271 210 210 166 171 155 117 116 148 168 201
Term 1,559 1,537 1,666 1,407 1,385 1,387 1,560 1,647 2,204 2,275 2,192
Unknown - - - - - - - - - - 2
NB Casual 410 345 271 293 310 386 434 287 304 230 264
Indeterminate 7,172 7,250 7,120 6,895 6,894 7,079 7,024 7,110 7,212 7,641 7,914
Student 143 131 89 41 61 91 85 62 67 97 96
Term 840 946 693 648 634 725 785 893 1,442 1,665 1,848
Unknown - - - - - - - - 7 5 7
NCR Casual 3,158 3,593 2,774 2,673 3,577 3,984 3,981 3,839 4,371 4,936 4,468
Indeterminate 102,332 103,978 103,743 98,328 95,659 94,438 93,912 94,592 98,245 104,175 109,592
Student 2,974 2,928 2,724 2,261 2,792 2,909 3,083 3,158 3,544 4,371 4,392
Term 6,486 5,858 5,415 5,171 5,219 5,957 6,399 6,361 6,858 7,731 8,633
Unknown - - - - - - - 27 10 17 7
NFLD Casual 112 122 133 120 104 162 143 121 151 101 167
Indeterminate 4,209 4,081 4,021 3,752 3,602 3,535 3,440 3,451 3,658 3,862 3,987
Student 87 58 49 34 46 75 66 92 127 91 79
Term 1,081 961 959 886 853 939 913 1,119 1,412 1,384 1,492
Unknown - - - - - - - - - - 5
NS Casual 408 391 395 468 616 745 682 510 446 600 536
Indeterminate 10,323 10,271 10,088 9,497 9,139 8,863 8,632 8,407 8,641 9,031 9,400
Student 132 118 103 78 83 82 106 79 93 109 106
Term 1,225 1,064 1,044 764 760 859 1,016 1,092 1,053 1,124 1,102
Unknown - - - - - - - 12 11 16 4
NU Casual 10 9 6 11 12 16 11 4 2 5 3
Indeterminate 214 248 255 249 247 252 245 249 257 256 267
Student 1 4 2 5 2 1 1 3 - 1 1
Term 28 16 24 17 24 17 24 29 29 34 46
NWT Casual 24 20 24 19 32 13 6 7 8 4 9
Indeterminate 596 617 581 528 413 417 432 444 435 442 453
Student 4 1 2 2 2 5 3 - 2 7 1
Term 144 108 73 63 40 37 50 45 37 53 52
Unknown - - - - - - - - 1 - -
ON (minus NCR) Casual 605 668 748 701 857 948 829 452 578 600 494
Indeterminate 34,950 35,076 35,355 33,755 32,457 31,871 31,635 31,433 32,452 33,159 33,924
Student 764 713 676 657 620 696 672 772 810 877 1,094
Term 4,532 4,307 3,988 3,776 3,812 4,276 4,770 4,761 4,542 4,983 5,577
Unknown - - - - - - - 1 1 - 3
Outside of Canada Casual 8 3 4 2 1 4 2 3 5 1 -
Indeterminate 1,529 1,577 1,547 1,498 1,492 1,439 1,433 1,312 1,336 1,380 1,446
Student 10 14 14 15 15 15 12 21 18 24 39
Term 16 46 17 13 8 19 3 4 8 8 7
Unknown - - - - - - - 1 - - -
PEI Casual 71 100 50 88 77 111 161 84 43 73 47
Indeterminate 2,636 2,602 2,541 2,446 2,368 2,322 2,269 2,318 2,329 2,681 2,774
Student 88 91 77 71 77 70 46 74 59 79 75
Term 586 464 621 611 597 612 659 670 770 747 771
QC (minus NCR) Casual 825 803 754 812 850 883 875 604 676 762 711
Indeterminate 27,447 27,606 27,136 25,687 24,795 24,208 24,154 23,582 23,969 24,491 25,255
Student 773 745 670 566 521 598 569 543 675 731 743
Term 4,401 3,889 3,861 3,618 3,576 3,685 3,950 3,990 4,390 4,843 5,057
Unknown - - - - - - - 1 9 - 1
SK Casual 181 171 201 173 169 116 134 76 73 70 75
Indeterminate 5,868 5,801 5,689 5,321 5,146 5,090 5,048 5,055 5,011 5,199 5,339
Student 146 137 121 114 145 113 113 92 103 124 154
Term 488 488 465 464 497 565 607 591 609 526 520
Unknown - - - - - - - - - 2 -
Unknown Casual - - - - - - 810 709 969 761 931
Indeterminate - - - - - - 436 4,554 4,866 5,276 5,988
Student - - - - - - 167 628 1,091 676 1,059
Term - - - - - - 128 641 471 706 549
Unknown - - - - - - - 5 19 3 3
YK Casual 14 12 10 11 6 4 8 2 7 10 8
Indeterminate 378 402 379 340 328 334 327 316 347 355 369
Student 1 1 1 4 5 2 5 2 - 3 6
Term 32 26 33 23 24 27 38 26 31 30 37
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 province and tenure for all federal public service organizations (all departments and agencies governed by the Financial Administration Act (FAA) Schedules I, IV and V) from to .

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