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Population of the Federal Public Service

About the Data

When reading the table below, the following information applies:

  • Source of Information: Regional Pay System as of March 31st of each year.
  • The Federal Public Service (FPS) consists of two population segments: the Core Public Administration (CPA) and Separate agencies (SA).
  • CPA departments and agencies are named in schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act. The Treasury Board is the employer of this segment of the FPS.
  • Separate agencies are named in Schedule V of the Act. Separate agencies conduct their own negotiations with and 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 temporary civilian Force members
    • Canadian Forces members
  • Population counts for the following separate agencies are not included because their employee information is not available in the Regional Pay System:
    • Canadian Security Intelligence Service
    • National Capital Commission
    • Canada Investment and Savings
    • Canadian Forces Non-Public Funds
    • Security Intelligence Review Committee
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)

Return to Table Note's Reference * StatCan Quarterly Demographic Estimate: for January 2013 .

2000 211,925 152,070 59,855 30,525,872
2001 223,933 161,505 62,428 30,824,441
2002 237,251 170,779 66,472 31,172,522
2003 242,737 174,581 68,156 31,476,734
2004 244,158 177,136 67,022 31,776,075
2005 243,971 184,083 59,888 32,077,339
2006 249,932 189,280 60,652 32,394,898
2007 254,622 192,683 61,939 32,739,308
2008 263,114 200,575 62,539 33,113,330
2009 274,370 209,523 64,847 33,527,199
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 35,056,100See Table Footnote *

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This data presents population counts for the Federal Public Service (i.e. all departments and agencies governed by the Financial Administration Act (FAA) Schedules I, IV and V) from March 31, 2000 to March 31, 2013.

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.