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 the author of “Because it’s 2015…” Implementing Diversity and Inclusion, Multiculturalism in Canada: Evidence and Anecdote and Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias: Resetting Citizenship and Multiculturalism and is a regular media commentator and blogger (Multiculturalism Meanderings). He is the former director general for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, has worked for a variety of government departments in Canada and abroad, and is a fellow of the Environics Institute.

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