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)
Province Year
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Core public administration
NFLD 3,587 3,542 3,467 3,315 3,136 2,974 3,029 3,015 3,082 3,305
PEI 2,066 2,056 2,040 1,914 1,882 1,714 1,711 1,757 1,804 1,817
NS 10,346 10,366 10,199 9,931 9,367 9,109 9,063 8,903 8,578 8,697
NB 7,199 7,378 7,552 7,037 6,791 6,810 7,188 7,238 7,256 7,918
QC (excluding NCR) 23,989 24,716 24,667 24,047 22,768 22,023 21,767 21,906 20,987 21,728
NCR 89,743 92,977 94,416 92,935 87,699 86,601 86,653 86,487 88,738 93,990
ON (excluding NCR) 27,020 27,954 28,111 27,421 26,069 25,075 25,183 25,330 24,764 25,148
MB 7,978 8,205 7,841 7,715 7,346 7,058 6,907 6,831 6,633 6,733
SK 5,314 5,375 5,344 5,230 4,956 4,821 4,775 4,821 4,760 4,746
AB 10,931 11,468 11,276 10,797 10,164 9,780 9,824 10,164 10,211 10,310
BC 18,639 19,755 19,427 18,915 17,681 16,871 17,038 17,019 16,727 16,985
YK 339 335 350 342 328 304 295 287 278 313
NWT 665 691 655 597 549 424 401 405 407 408
NU 206 219 243 252 254 252 255 238 237 240
Outside of Canada 1,501 1,559 1,636 1,580 1,526 1,514 1,476 1,447 1,341 1,367
Unknowntable note 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1,506 3,888 4,607
Separate agencies
NFLD 2,010 1,947 1,755 1,847 1,656 1,631 1,682 1,547 1,701 2,043
PEI 1,310 1,325 1,217 1,375 1,334 1,405 1,404 1,378 1,342 1,384
NS 1,732 1,722 1,645 1,699 1,440 1,489 1,486 1,533 1,522 1,547
NB 1,175 1,187 1,120 1,136 1,086 1,089 1,093 1,090 1,096 1,114
QC (excluding NCR) 8,434 8,730 8,376 8,374 7,915 7,719 7,607 7,642 7,733 7,991
NCR 20,938 21,973 21,941 21,721 20,734 20,646 20,635 20,888 19,239 19,038
ON (excluding NCR) 12,546 12,897 12,653 13,346 12,820 12,671 12,608 12,576 12,655 13,235
MB 3,916 3,758 3,773 3,803 3,347 3,268 3,181 3,188 3,452 4,121
SK 1,347 1,308 1,253 1,246 1,116 1,136 1,109 1,081 1,054 1,050
AB 5,059 5,052 4,952 4,854 4,594 4,667 4,604 4,639 4,701 4,806
BC 6,180 6,280 6,223 6,462 6,116 5,930 5,885 5,805 5,656 5,926
YK 88 90 91 81 50 59 72 91 68 72
NWT 74 77 91 83 63 63 71 86 89 75
NU 32 34 34 35 28 33 31 43 48 48
Outside of Canada 6 4 4 2 2 2 1 3 0 0
Unknowntable note 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 2,649 2,809
Total 274,370 282,980 282,352 278,092 262,817 257,138 257,034 258,979 262,696 273,571

Table Note

Note 1

A portion of the 2016 to 2108 geographic data is not available due to changes in the central data systems

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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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