UPDATE: Federal job cuts higher than reported: think tank

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Close to 30,000 federal government employees are slated to lose their jobs during a four-year period ending in 2016, according to an analysis by a left-leaning think tank.

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Those numbers, presented by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, are considerably higher than the number of jobs Canada’s governing Conservatives have said would be eliminated.

The governing Conservatives, however, deny the report's findings.

The 2012 federal budget announced the planned reduction of 19,200 government positions, including 4,800 in the National Capital Region. Of those, 10,980 had been eliminated as of February of this year.

The Conservatives said in late March there will be no new layoffs as a result of this year’s budget.

The CCPA said it reached its figure of 28,700 job cuts by looking at the individual documents departments within the federal government publish about their staffing plans over a three-year period.

The analysis takes into account cuts announced in budgets prior to 2012, the CCPA’s report said.

The 2013-14 fiscal year will see the largest number of positions eliminated over the four years, the report said, with 13,400. This is followed by the 2014-15 fiscal year, which will have 9,500 jobs cut.

The report does not break down its analysis to show how many of these will take place in the National Capital Region.

However it said Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Defence and the Canada Revenue Agency will see the most number of jobs eliminated.

The governing Conservatives don't think much of the report.

The CCPA's analysis is "inaccurate and purposefully misleading," wrote Matthew Conway, a spokesman for cabinet minister Tony Clement, in an email to reporters.

That's in part because the report includes temporary and term positions, he wrote.

The federal government is Ottawa’s largest employer, meaning staffing levels are closely tied to consumer confidence and the health of the overall economy.

Organizations: Conservatives, Canadian Centre, Human Resources Skills Development Canada National Defence Canada Revenue Agency

Geographic location: National Capital Region, Canada, Ottawa

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  • Jayme
    April 09, 2013 - 07:26

    National Defense as i under stand it most cuts will be done on the basesa s for Cra there not based in Ottawa as for cuts numbers the last a i heard more then half have been made so 13,400 2013-2014 and 9500 the year after does not make sense.

  • Hmm
    April 09, 2013 - 00:09

    A few years ago, most people in the federal government heard from through the grapevine that dictator Harper wanted at least a 50% cut in federal workers. Of course, none of these cuts affect any senators or the highest wager earners in the country and of course, the fabled RCMP.