The Middle Rung

December 14, 2010

Canada's aging population is producing a wave of new retirees. And Canada's public service -- the largest single workforce in Canada -- is struggling to cope.



The Middle Rung - Julie Ireton

There are 400,000 people working in Canada's federal public service. Together, they make up the largest single workforce in the country. The demographics of the public service mirror our society at large, so there are a lot of public servants retiring right now. And because of previous hiring patterns, that's become a problem.

Julie Ireton has spent the last few months looking into the situation. She's a reporter with the CBC and she's been doing this investigation into the public service as the 2010 Michener-Deacon Fellow. She joined us from Ottawa as part of our project Shift.

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