Phoenix compensation agreement (Broadcast message from Claude Houde)

The Government of Canada and 15 public service unions have finalized a joint agreement, first announced last month, to compensate current and former employees impacted by the Phoenix pay system.

This agreement, co-developed by unions and the federal government, applies to employees, former employees and the estates of deceased employees represented by the following bargaining agents:

  • Association of Canadian Financial Officers
  • Association of Justice Counsel
  • Canadian Association of Professional Employees
  • Canadian Federal Pilots Association
  • Canadian Merchants Service Guild
  • Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees 104
  • Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (East)
  • Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (West)
  • Federal Government Dockyard Chargehands Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers
  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
  • Unifor
  • Union of Canadian Correctional Officers

The agreement will also extend to employees excluded from the bargaining agents above as well as unrepresented employees and executives. Separate agencies are expected to reach similar agreements shortly with their unions. While the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has rejected this offer, the government remains open to extending this agreement to PSAC at any time.

Full details of the agreement, along with FAQs, are now available on the Government of Canada website.

The additional annual leave that forms part of this agreement will be automatically added to your leave banks, and we will let you know when these updates are completed. More information on when and how to submit a claim for the additional compensation outlined in this agreement will also be shared with you in the coming months.

The government continues to take action on all fronts to stabilize the Phoenix pay system and to work with public service unions to develop a next-generation human resources and pay system, the long-term replacement for Phoenix.

I will continue to keep you updated on these initiatives, and I invite you to contact your manager or union representative if you require further information or have any questions.

Thank you,

Claude Houde
Director General – Workplace Relations and Corporate Health Bureau (HWD)

Published on July 4, 2019

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