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)
|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)|
|2019||287,978||220,310||67,668||37,314,442table 1 note 1|
Table 1 Notes
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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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