Federal government employment in census metropolitan areas

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September 2011 (Previous release)

In September, 315,500 federal government employees worked in a census metropolitan area (CMA). They represented three-quarters of all federal workers, a proportion that has remained stable in the last decade.

Between September 2010 and September 2011, the number of federal government employees in the CMA of Ottawa–Gatineau increased by 1,800 (+1.3%). This growth was partly offset by declines in most other CMAs.

The 135,900 federal workers in Ottawa–Gatineau accounted for nearly one-third (32.5%) of the total federal workforce in September. This proportion has been on an upward trend since the mid-1990s when it was roughly 27%.

Montréal had 23,700 federal employees, the second largest total, followed by Toronto with 22,300.

The proportion of federal government employees working in the Ottawa–Gatineau region continues to grow

The proportion of federal government employees working in the Ottawa-Gatineau region continues to grow

Chart description: The proportion of federal government employees working in the Ottawa-Gatineau region continues to grow

Federal employees in Ottawa–Gatineau accounted for 19.4% of the CMA's total employed labour force of 699,600. This proportion has remained stable since September 2009, as both federal employment and total employment grew at the same pace.

The proportion of federal public servants in the total employed labour force in other metropolitan regions ranged from 0.1% in Oshawa to 8.7% in Kingston.

Note: The term "federal government" in this release includes all organizations controlled by the federal government that are not-for-profit and produce non-commercial goods and services on behalf of the government and its citizens. It includes agencies (for example, the Canada Revenue Agency), the Canadian military (regular forces and reservists), and uniformed Royal Canadian Mounted Police members. It does not include employees of federal government business enterprises that operate as commercial corporations in the marketplace. The employment count reflects the last pay period of the month of September.

Available on CANSIM: table 183-0003.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 1713.

Data tables on public sector employment are also available from the National economic accounts module of our website.

For more information or to order data, contact Client Services (613-951-0767; pssd-info-dssp@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Alain Baril (613-951-4131; alain.baril@statcan.gc.ca), Public Sector Statistics Division.