Ottawa·In Depth

Ottawa, Gatineau public service job cuts

The Ottawa-Gatineau region is the worst hit by job cuts to the federal public service as more than 3,500 redundancy notices were given to workers in the region.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the largest public sector union, says Canadians' food safety will be affected by the job cuts in the federal budget. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Here you will find all the latest information, video and audio about federal public service job cuts in Ottawa after the 2012 federal budget.

  • The mood was somber at federal government offices across Canada as redundancy notices were handed out to federal public servants. Of the more than 5,500 notices, CBC News has been told more than 3,500 were given to workers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Here you will find a breakdown of which department had notices and how many.


  • The Department of National Defence saw the most notices of any federal government department, which caused concern over border security risks. Many other departments saw a slew of notices including both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada.


NOTE:  Workers who receive letters, and whose jobs are considered "surplus" positions, have 120 days to either choose to stay for a year, take early retirement if they are 55 years old and over, take a buyout package or take a buyout package and reimbursement for educational expenses.