Population of the federal public service

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
Year Population of the federal public service Population of the core public administration Population of separate agencies Canadian population (Statistics Canada) CANSIM Series V1 (1st Quarter)
2010 282,980 216,596 66,384 33,930,830
2011 282,352 217,224 65,128 34,278,406
2012 278,092 212,028 66,064 34,670,352
2013 262,817 200,516 62,301 35,056,100
2014 257,138 195,330 61,808 35,427,524
2015 257,034 195,565 61,469 35,749,600
2016 258,979 197,354 61,625 36,155,487
2017 262,696 199,691 63,005 36,591,241
2018 273,571 208,312 65,259 37,067,011
2019 287,978 220,310 67,668 37,314,442table 1 note 1

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note 1

Quarterly Demographic Estimates, January to March 2019, Statistics Canada.

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These data present population counts 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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