Canada’s rising federal employment—making sense of the numbers

The public sector and the functioning of government bureaucracies, especially when it comes to employment, should be of great interest to taxpayers at all levels of our federation. In the case of Canada’s federal government, its core departments and separate agencies have seen employment grow from 211,925 in 2000 to 258,979 in 2016. This represents an increase in employment of 47,054 jobs or 22.2 per cent.This total includes active employees of all employment tenures (indeterminate, term, casual and student), governor-in-council appointees, deputy ministers and federal judges. However, it also excludes inactive employees (e.g. employees on leave without pay), ministers’ exempt

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