Population of the federal public service by province

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 province
Province Year
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Core public administration
AB 11468 11276 10797 10164 9780 9824 10164 10211 10310 10651
BC 19755 19427 18915 17681 16871 17038 17019 16727 16985 17791
MB 8205 7841 7715 7346 7058 6907 6831 6633 6733 6955
NB 7378 7552 7037 6791 6810 7188 7238 7256 7918 8498
NCR 92977 94416 92935 87699 86601 86653 86487 88738 93990 101734
NFLD 3542 3467 3315 3136 2974 3029 3015 3082 3305 3461
NS 10366 10199 9931 9367 9109 9063 8903 8578 8697 9303
NU 219 243 252 254 252 255 238 237 240 242
NWT 691 655 597 549 424 401 405 407 408 422
ON (minus NCR) 27954 28111 27421 26069 25075 25183 25330 24764 25148 25607
Outside of Canada 1559 1636 1580 1526 1514 1476 1447 1341 1367 1413
PEI 2056 2040 1914 1882 1714 1711 1757 1804 1817 2046
QC (minus NCR) 24716 24667 24047 22768 22023 21767 21906 20987 21728 22776
SK 5375 5344 5230 4956 4821 4775 4821 4760 4746 4823
YK 335 350 342 328 304 295 287 278 313 319
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 1506 3888 4607 4269
Separate agencies
AB 5052 4952 4854 4594 4667 4604 4639 4701 4806 4908
BC 6280 6223 6462 6116 5930 5885 5805 5656 5926 6099
MB 3758 3773 3803 3347 3268 3181 3188 3452 4121 4411
NB 1187 1120 1136 1086 1089 1093 1090 1096 1114 1140
NCR 21973 21941 21721 20734 20646 20635 20888 19239 19038 19496
NFLD 1947 1755 1847 1656 1631 1682 1547 1701 2043 1977
NS 1722 1645 1699 1440 1489 1486 1533 1522 1547 1577
NU 34 34 35 28 33 31 43 48 48 54
NWT 77 91 83 63 63 71 86 89 75 84
ON (minus NCR) 12897 12653 13346 12820 12671 12608 12576 12655 13235 14012
Outside of Canada 4 4 2 2 2 1 3 0 0 0
PEI 1325 1217 1375 1334 1405 1404 1378 1342 1384 1534
QC (minus NCR) 8730 8376 8374 7915 7719 7607 7642 7733 7991 8051
SK 1308 1253 1246 1116 1136 1109 1081 1054 1050 1098
YK 90 91 81 50 59 72 91 68 72 79
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 2649 2809 3148
Total 282980 282352 278092 262817 257138 257034 258979 262696 273571 287978

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These data present population counts by province 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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