About the Public Service Employee Survey


The objective of the Public Service Employee Survey is to provide information to support the continuous improvement of people management practices in the federal public service. The survey results will allow federal departments and agencies to identify their areas of strength and concern related to people management practices, benchmark and track progress over time, and inform the development and refinement of action plans. Better people management practices lead to better results for the public service, and in turn, better results for Canadians.


The 2017 Public Service Employee Survey was conducted from to . The Public Service Employee Survey has been conducted every three years since 1999.

Survey administrator

The 2017 Public Service Employee Survey was administered by Statistics Canada on behalf of the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Eligibility to participate

All employees in the core public administration and participating separate agencies were eligible to participate. These include indeterminate, term, seasonal, casual and student employees, as well as Governor in Council appointees. Ministers' exempt staff, private sector contractors or consultants, and employees on leave without pay were not eligible.

Confidentiality of responses

Statistics Canada is required under the Statistics Act to protect the confidentiality of employees' responses and ensure that no data are released that can be traced to individuals. To safeguard respondents' identity and to ensure the confidentiality of responses, responses will always be grouped, and no data will be made available for groups of fewer than 10 respondents. Individual responses will never be published or shared with government departments or agencies. 

Question about gender

The federal government has formed a working group on gender identity to explore how we can be more inclusive when gathering information about gender. The recommendations of the Statistics Canada Gender Identity Working Group have been taken into account in the wording of the gender question in the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey.

Survey results

Results of the Public Service Employee Survey will be available in spring 2018. Departments and agencies are invited to discuss the survey findings with their employees, and to work with them and other stakeholders to develop and put in place solutions to issues raised in the survey. The results of the survey will be considered in the context of Deputy Heads' performance assessments, through the Management Accountability Framework (MAF). Survey results will also support the Federal Public Service Workplace Mental Health Strategy and contribute to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Departmental Results Framework.

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