Population of the Federal Public Service for the National Capital Region

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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 (i.e. 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
National Capital Region Year
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Core public administration
Ontario 66,872 68,040 67,498 63,719 60,416 59,172 59,479 60,598 63,491 70,156 75,168
Quebec 26,105 26,376 25,437 23,980 26,185 27,481 27,008 28,140 30,499 31,578 31,689
Separate agencies
Ontario 21,296 21,266 21,074 20,156 20,108 20,107 20,294 18,660 18,443 18,846 19,538
Quebec 677 675 647 578 538 528 594 579 595 650 697
Total 114,950 116,357 114,656 108,433 107,247 107,288 107,375 107,977 113,028 121,230 127,092

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Population of the federal public service by National Capital Region
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These data present population counts by National Capital Region 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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