Population of the federal public service by province and tenure

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
ProvWork Tenure Year
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
AB Casual 369 416 340 386 393 383 381 245 272 284
Indeterminate 14467 14247 13777 12825 12402 12316 12328 12507 12438 12945
Student 215 213 199 181 210 240 230 220 265 282
Term 1469 1352 1335 1366 1442 1489 1864 1940 2141 2048
BC Casual 731 658 688 578 600 676 578 466 385 429
Indeterminate 21938 21929 21615 20399 19407 19190 19103 18918 19129 19947
Student 519 527 481 410 439 448 437 419 424 516
Term 2847 2536 2593 2410 2355 2609 2706 2580 2972 2988
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10
MB Casual 366 395 345 357 398 232 216 96 107 118
Indeterminate 9767 9472 9297 8763 8372 8314 8126 8226 8395 8805
Student 271 210 210 166 171 155 117 116 148 168
Term 1559 1537 1666 1407 1385 1387 1560 1647 2204 2275
NB Casual 410 345 271 293 310 386 434 287 304 230
Indeterminate 7172 7250 7120 6895 6894 7079 7024 7110 7212 7641
Student 143 131 89 41 61 91 85 62 67 97
Term 840 946 693 648 634 725 785 893 1442 1665
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5
NCR Casual 3158 3593 2774 2673 3577 3984 3981 3839 4371 4936
Indeterminate 102332 103978 103743 98328 95659 94438 93912 94592 98245 104175
Student 2974 2928 2724 2261 2792 2909 3083 3158 3544 4371
Term 6486 5858 5415 5171 5219 5957 6399 6361 6858 7731
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 10 17
NFLD Casual 112 122 133 120 104 162 143 121 151 101
Indeterminate 4209 4081 4021 3752 3602 3535 3440 3451 3658 3862
Student 87 58 49 34 46 75 66 92 127 91
Term 1081 961 959 886 853 939 913 1119 1412 1384
NS Casual 408 391 395 468 616 745 682 510 446 600
Indeterminate 10323 10271 10088 9497 9139 8863 8632 8407 8641 9031
Student 132 118 103 78 83 82 106 79 93 109
Term 1225 1064 1044 764 760 859 1016 1092 1053 1124
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 11 16
NU Casual 10 9 6 11 12 16 11 4 2 5
Indeterminate 214 248 255 249 247 252 245 249 257 256
Student 1 4 2 5 2 1 1 3 0 1
Term 28 16 24 17 24 17 24 29 29 34
NWT Casual 24 20 24 19 32 13 6 7 8 4
Indeterminate 596 617 581 528 413 417 432 444 435 442
Student 4 1 2 2 2 5 3 0 2 7
Term 144 108 73 63 40 37 50 45 37 53
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ON (minus NCR) Casual 605 668 748 701 857 948 829 452 578 600
Indeterminate 34950 35076 35355 33755 32457 31871 31635 31433 32452 33159
Student 764 713 676 657 620 696 672 772 810 877
Term 4532 4307 3988 3776 3812 4276 4770 4761 4542 4983
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Outside of Canada Casual 8 3 4 2 1 4 2 3 5 1
Indeterminate 1529 1577 1547 1498 1492 1439 1433 1312 1336 1380
Student 10 14 14 15 15 15 12 21 18 24
Term 16 46 17 13 8 19 3 4 8 8
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
PEI Casual 71 100 50 88 77 111 161 84 43 73
Indeterminate 2636 2602 2541 2446 2368 2322 2269 2318 2329 2681
Student 88 91 77 71 77 70 46 74 59 79
Term 586 464 621 611 597 612 659 670 770 747
QC (minus NCR) Casual 825 803 754 812 850 883 875 604 676 762
Indeterminate 27447 27606 27136 25687 24795 24208 24154 23582 23969 24491
Student 773 745 670 566 521 598 569 543 675 731
Term 4401 3889 3861 3618 3576 3685 3950 3990 4390 4843
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
SK Casual 181 171 201 173 169 116 134 76 73 70
Indeterminate 5868 5801 5689 5321 5146 5090 5048 5055 5011 5199
Student 146 137 121 114 145 113 113 92 103 124
Term 488 488 465 464 497 565 607 591 609 526
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Unknown Casual 0 0 0 0 0 0 810 709 969 761
Indeterminate 0 0 0 0 0 0 436 4554 4866 5272
Student 0 0 0 0 0 0 167 628 1091 676
Term 0 0 0 0 0 0 128 641 471 705
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 19 3
YK Casual 14 12 10 11 6 4 8 2 7 10
Indeterminate 378 402 379 340 328 334 327 316 347 355
Student 1 1 1 4 5 2 5 2 0 3
Term 32 26 33 23 24 27 38 26 31 30
Total 282980 282352 278092 262817 257138 257034 258979 262696 273571 287978

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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 .

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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