Federal public servants face more job cuts

Public sector workers walk outside at Tunney's Pasture Friday, August 9, 2013. Darren Brown/Ottawa...

Public sector workers walk outside at Tunney's Pasture Friday, August 9, 2013. Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun file photo

Jessie Archambault, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Almost 9,000 more public service jobs will be cut in the next three years, according to a recent report by the parliamentary budget officer.

More than 20,000 full-time jobs have already been cut since 2010.

By 2017, the total population of civil servants in Canada will drop its lowest numbers in seven years, according to the Expenditure Monitor report for the 2013-14 third quarter, released April 11.

"Many departments will have some cuts," said Mostafa Askari, assistant parliamentary budget officer.

Most of the new cuts, about 3,000, will come from Human Resources and Skills Development, he said.

The report states that many "back office" jobs will be part of the upcoming cuts. These include internal services positions such as communications, human resources and information technology.

Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page said the government needs to make cuts in order to balance the budget, as it was in 2006-07.

To gauge the effects, the level of service must be compared to what was offered back then, he said.


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