The public service layoffs contained in last year’s federal budget are being evenly spread out across the country, according to the Treasury Board.
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In a press release issued Wednesday, the department said the National Capital Region will be home to 32 per cent of all federal government employees once the layoffs are fully implemented in 2015. That compares to 32.4 per cent prior to the 2012 budget.
The rest of Ontario holds the next-largest share of federal jobs at 16.7 per cent, unchanged from 2012. It’s followed by the Prairies at 14 per cent (up from 13.7 per cent), Quebec at 12.9 per cent (down from 13 per cent) and the Atlantic provinces at 12.6 per cent (up from 12.4 per cent).
Last year’s budget said 19,200 federal government positions would be eliminated. Local MP John Baird told a local business audience that 4,800 of those positions - or one-quarter - would be in the National Capital Region.
By last November, the government had eliminated 10,980 positions, including 7,500 through retirements and reductions in term, casual and vacant positions, according to the Treasury Board.
It added that a further 1,220 individuals whose positions were scrapped found new jobs within the government.