Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, stated during the controversy over the wearing of a niqab at citizenship ceremonies that hijabs and niqabs “are frequently worn” in the public service and that “I’m sure we have employees in the public sector who wear a niqab – I’m sure we do.”

While we don’t know the answer to this question, the National Household Survey provides us information regarding the religion of public servants, with representation being in line with the general population.

Public Administration – Religious Minorities – Core Public Admin


Andrew Griffith
Andrew Griffith is a fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Environics Institute. He is former director general of Citizenship and Multiculturalism at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and worked for government departments in Canada and abroad.

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