REPORT: Government Workers Take 65% More Sick Days Compared To Workers In Private Sector

This is a big reason why so many resent paying taxes for the ever-expanding bureaucracy.

As we know, money spent by the government is almost always spent far less efficiently compared to taxpayers spending it ourselves.

This is seen especially in the bureaucracy. While there are many great workers in the government, the overall level of spending per worker is rarely as efficient as the private sector.

Now, a report from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveals that government employees take 65% more sick days compared to workers in the private sector.

According to the report, in 2016, the average worker in the private sector took 6.8 sick days. The average public sector employee took 11.2 sick days.

CTF Director Aaron Wudrick says, “Curiously, there is a clear trend of significantly higher sick days among government employees compared to their private sector counterparts. Even worse, it appears that in most provinces, government employees are getting sicker every year.”

The numbers are quite high in Quebec, with the average government sector worker taking two weeks of sick days (14.4 days), while the average private sector worker in Quebec took 9.1 days.

This is why people resent paying taxes

Most of us are fine paying taxes when it goes to the basics of government – infrastructure, defence, firefighters, education, police, healthcare.

But when those services are provided, we expect spending to actually go into providing those services, not on inflated benefits or big salaries.

Governments of all levels must be accountable to the taxpayers, and they must bring salaries and sick days in line with the private sector. It is simply unacceptable for Canadian taxpayers to pay more than necessary just so the bureaucracy can get more wealthy at our expense.

Read the full report here

Spencer Fernando


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Nik Allonby

It’s not just the sick days… A friend of mine consulted for a Government Department in Edmonton last year. They had 10 major milestone targets to meet to complete the project within the critical-unchangeable three month time period. On the Friday afternoon of week four of the first month my friend was expecting to have to remain late and work the weekend to ensure that the project didn’t start lagging behind. My friend was informed at 2pm to “Go home and enjoy the weekend, we will see you Monday”. Needless to say that the urgency of the project was exaggerated,… Read more »


Depends upon the section of Government workers. For example: if you are looking at health-care related fields, often times people catch or contract a sickness from clients, no WCB coverage. ————————————————————-> In the education system staff contract flu/cold/scabies/lice/meningitis etc…etc…etc.. it also affects their entire family and they can not collect WCB. ————————————————————-> On average per province there is a 1 billion dollar annual surplus in WCB, so WCB donates it to renovating Universities, or whatever their little hearts desire. Meanwhile injured workers are pushed off and onto the medical systems and file for the Disability Tax Credit, Registered Disability Savings… Read more »

jack grandville

Distressingly, nothing new in this report – -it is, and always has been, ‘the way it is.’ In the private sector you would either lose your job or be required to ‘make up the time’ in some manner, but it is not a ‘norm.’ I say this as a ‘previous’ government employee.


When I read: “WCB Crown Corporations invested in an insurance for the Challenger in 1986 and went into the red (disaster struck).” It certainly was not part of their mandate to invest. I hope all the top heads fell. Just the idea of investing for something that has nothing to do with Canadian workers is already a disaster. Try to search information on this and everything has been erased on the internet.