The size of the federal public workforce has risen from 211,925 in 2000 to a high of 282,955 in 2010, according to the Treasury Board of Canada. Since then, the size has decreased slightly to 262,817.
Estimated labour cost changes
Meanwhile, labour costs have increased by a total of $7.8-billion. Below, that figure is broken down into distinct causes by the Parliamentary Budget Office. The bulk of this increase was due to employment growth — the larger the workforce, the higher the overall labour cost. The right side of the pie shows increases to actual wages — the bulk of which is due to inflation, with only four per cent coming from real wage growth.
The figures do not include spending on the military or the RCMP.