Release of the Public Service Commission of Canada’s 2021–22 Annual Report

December 14, 2022 – Gatineau, Québec

The Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) released today its 2021–22 annual report, which provides an overview of the health and integrity of staffing in the federal public service.

This year’s report demonstrates how federal departments and agencies continued to modernize and transform the hiring system to recruit talented Canadians, and to ensure our workforce reflects the public we serve.

Student hiring recovered following a significant decline in the previous year, increasing by 28.7%. The public service population under the Public Service Employment Act grew for the eighth consecutive year, rising by 4.6%.

It was also a notable year for implementing initiatives to strengthen diversity and inclusion and for removing and mitigating potential biases and barriers faced by equity-seeking groups, including work by the PSC to support recent changes to the Public Service Employment Act.

The report includes a review of several oversight activities, including audits, surveys and investigations, that help the PSC protect merit and non-partisanship. The 2021 Staffing and Non-Partisanship Survey, for example, showed that employees’ views on transparency, fairness and the merit-based nature of staffing processes had improved since the 2018 survey.

The PSC will continue to modernize its recruitment platform in the coming year, and work to ensure all federal public service hiring is inclusive.

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