Canadian Armed Forces Allowance Increase

Backgrounder

June 2, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members will receive a compounded increase of 5.1% to allowances, including all Environmental Allowances and some Special Allowances.  All CAF members eligible for these allowances will be paid these new rates along with a lump sum back-payment starting June 30, 2017. This covers retroactive increases starting April 1, 2014 calculated as four 1.25% increases effective April 1 for the past four fiscal years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018.

CAF Allowances

CAF members are paid allowances based on entitlements, detailed in the Compensation and Benefits Instructions for the Canadian Forces (CBI). Allowances provide financial compensation to CAF members, whose military duties involve sporadic or continuous exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including hazards which other members do not usually experience. The allowances are intended to serve as an incentive to attract and keep personnel properly motivated under such conditions.

Allowance Increase

On June 30, 2017, CAF members will start receiving the new rate for their entitled allowance and a lump sum back-payment retroactive to April 1, 2014. Former members who left the CAF after March 31, 2014 will also receive a lump sum payment. These increases align with tentative salary increases for employees of the Federal Public Service.

The CAF Environmental Allowances (Paratroop; Rescue Specialist; Aircrew; Land Duty; Sea Duty; Diving; Hypobaric Chamber; Submarine; Exceptional Hazard; and Special Operations), and Special Allowances (Special Operations Assaulter; Submarine Crewing; Stress Allowance for Test Participants; and the Special Allowance Canadian Forces Station Alert) are increased by 1.25% each year for the following four fiscal years: 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018.

The twenty-three allowances that are increasing are listed below with two tables that detail the increases at a monthly or daily rate. Generally speaking, to be eligible for a monthly allowance, a CAF member must be posted to a designated position and meet other conditions. To be eligible for a casual allowance, a CAF member does not need to occupy a designated position but still meet some conditions. The twenty-three allowances are the following (refer to the applicable CBI for detailed instructions on eligibility criteria):

  1. Paratroop Allowance – perform parachute jumping on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.30)
  2. Casual Paratroop Allowance – perform parachute jumping on an occasional basis. (CBI 205.305)
  3. Rescue Specialist Allowance – perform rescue specialist duties on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.31)
  4. Aircrew Allowance – be employed in a flying position and exposed to aircrew conditions on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.32)
  5. Casual Aircrew Allowance – perform a duty in an airborne aircraft other than as a paratrooper or passenger on an occasional basis. (CBI 205.325)
  6. Land Duty Allowance – be posted to a field unit exposed to environmental conditions on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.33)
  7. Casual Land Duty Allowance – be exposed to field conditions on an occasional basis for a period greater than 24 hours. (CBI 205.335)
  8. Diving Allowance – perform diving duties as a ship's diver, combat diver, clearance diver, or clearance diving officer on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.34)
  9. Casual Diving Allowance – perform diving duties as a ship's diver, combat diver, clearance diver, or clearance diving officer on a casual basis. (CBI 205.345)
  10. Sea Duty Allowance – perform duties on a ship or vessel on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.35)
  11. Casual Sea Duty Allowance – perform duties on a ship or vessel on a casual basis. (CBI 205.355)
  12. Hypobaric Chamber Allowance – instruct or observe inside a hypobaric chamber as a qualified aeromedical training officer or technician. (CBI 205.36)
  13. Submarine Allowance – perform duties on a submarine on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.37)
  14. Casual Submarine Allowance – perform duties on a submarine on a casual basis. (CBI 205.375)
  15. Exceptional Hazard Allowance – be ordered to dispose of: a known or suspected explosive chemical, improvised explosive device, primed charge or extremely hazardous commercial explosive or chemical. (CBI 205.38)
  16. Special Operations Allowance – support special operations on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.385)
  17. Casual Special Operations Allowance – support special operations on a casual basis. (CBI 205.385(14), (15))
  18. Special Operations Assaulter Allowance – perform assaulter duties for special operations on a continuous basis. (CBI 205.401)
  19. Casual Special Operations Assaulter Allowance – perform assaulter operations and training of assaulters when ordered or instructed on a casual basis. (CBI 205.401(4.1), (4.2))
  20. Submarine Crewing Allowance – crew or are on readiness-to-crew submarines. (CBI 205.41)
  21. Stress Allowance for Test Participants – participate in physiological, psychological or other tests authorized by or under the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) where exposure to abnormal discomfort is anticipated. (CBI 205.48)
  22. Special Allowance Canadian Forces Station Alert – be attached posted to the isolated post Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert. (CBI 11, Section 3)

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Monthly Allowance Rate Prior to Increase (2013) 2014 2015 2016 2017 Monthly Increase Retroactive Payment *
Paratroop Allowance CBI 205.30 $255 to $373 258 to $378 $261 to $383 $264 to $388 $267 to $393 $12 to $20 $360
Rescue Specialist Allowance
CBI 205.31
$494 to $751 $500 to $760 $506 to $770 $512 to $780 $518 to $790 $24 to $39 $684
Aircrew Allowance
CBI 205.32
$311 to $591 $315 to $598 $319 to $605 $323 to $613 $327 to $621 $16 to $30 $516
Land Duty Allowance CBI 205.33 $311 to $782 $315 to $792 $319 to $802 $323 to $812 $327 to $822 $16 to $40 $720
Diving Allowance (Clearance/Combat) CBI 205.34 $656/ $137 to $248 $664/ $139 to $251 $672/ $141
to $254
$680/ $143 to $257 $689/ $145 to $260 $33/ $8 to $12 $576 / $216
Sea Duty Allowance CBI 205.35 $311 to $782 $315 to $792 $319 to $802 $323 to $812 $327 to $822 $16 to $40 $720
Submarine Allowance
CBI 205.37
$451 to $890 $457 to $901 $463 to $912 $469 to $923 $475
to $935
$24 to $45 $792
Special Operations Allowance
CBI 205.385
$705 to $2,381 $714 to $2,411 $723 to $2,441 $732 to $2,472 $741 to $2,503 $36 to $122 $2,172
Special Operations Assaulter Allowance CBI 205.401 $1,414 to $3,730 $1,432 to $3,777 $1,450 to $3,824 $1,468 to $3,872 $1,486 to $3,920 $72 to $190 $3,396
Submarine Crewing Allowance
CBI 205.41
$382 $387 $392 $397 $402 $20 $360
Special Allowance Canadian Forces Station Alert
CBI 11, Section 3
$116 to $591 $117 to $598 $118 to $605 $119 to $613 $120 to $621 $4 to $30 $516

* Estimated based on 3 years (April 2014 to March 2017) at the maximum increment for each allowance.

Daily Allowance

Rate Prior to Increase (2013) 2014 2015 2016 2017 Daily Increase Retroactive Payment *

Casual Paratroop Allowance

CBI 205.305 (Paid per jump)

$72.04 $72.94 $73.85 $74.77 $75.71 $3.67 $54

Casual Aircrew Allowance

CBI 205.325

$29.62 $29.99 $30.37 $30.74 $31.13 $1.51 $22
Casual Land Duty Allowance
CBI 205.335
$25.84 $26.17 $26.49 $26.82 $27.16 $1.32 $20
Casual Diving Allowance (Clearance/Combat) CBI 205.345 $40.30/ $22.23 $40.80/ $22.51 $41.31/ $22.79 $41.83/ $23.07 $42.35/ $23.36 $2.05/ $1.13 $30 / $17
Casual Sea Duty Allowance
CBI 205.355
$25.84 $26.17 $26.49 $26.82 $27.16 $1.32 $20
Hypobaric Chamber Allowance
CBI 205.36
$14.83 $15.01 $15.20 $15.39 $15.58 $0.75 $11
Casual Submarine Allowance
CBI 205.375
$29.04 $29.41 $29.77 $30.15 $30.52 $1.48 $22
Exceptional Hazard Allowance
CBI 205.38 (Paid by incident)
$182 or $349 $184 or $353 $186 or $357 $188 or $361 $190 or $366 $8 to $17 $240
Casual Special Operations Allowance
CBI 205.385(14), (15)
$22 to $67 $22 to $68 $22 to $69 $22 to $70 $22 to $71 $0 to $4 $60
Casual Special Operations Assaulter Allowance
CBI 205.401(4.1), (4.2)
$72.53 $73.43 $74.35 $75.28 $76.22 $3.69 $55
Stress Allowance for Test Participants
CBI 205.48
$12.72 + $50.65 $12.88 + $51.29 $13.04 + $51.93 $13.20 + $52.58 $13.37 + $53.23 $0.65 to $2.58 $39

* Estimated based on 10 daily entitlements for 3 years (April 2014 to March 2017) at the maximum increment for each allowance.

Indemnité mensuelle

Taux avant l’augmentation (2013)

2014

2015

2016

2017

Augmentation mensuelle

Paiement rétroactif

Indemnité de parachutiste DRAS 205.30

255 $ à 373 $

258 $ à 378 $

261 $ à 383 $

264 $ à 388 $

267 $ à 393 $

12 $ à 20 $

360 $

Indemnité de spécialiste en sauvetage
DRAS 205.31

494 $ à 751 $

500 $ à 760 $

506 $ à 770 $

512 $ à 780 $

518 $ à 790 $

24 $ à 39 $

684 $

Indemnité du personnel navigant
DRAS 205.32

311 $ à 591 $

315 $ à 598 $

319 $ à 605 $

323 $ à 613 $

327 $ à 621 $

16 $ à 30 $

516 $

Indemnité de service en campagne DRAS 205.33

311 $ à 782 $

315 $ à 792 $

319 $ à 802 $

323 $ à 812 $

327 $ à 822 $

16 $ à 40 $

720 $

Indemnité de plongée (déminage/combat) DRAS 205.34

656 $/ 137 $ à 248 $

664 $/ 139 $ à 251 $

672 $/ 141 $
à 254 $

680 $/ 143 $ à 257 $

689 $/ 145 $ à 260 $

33 $/ 8 $ à 12 $

576 $ / 216 $

Indemnité de service en mer DRAS 205.35

311 $ à 782 $

315 $ à 792 $

319 $ à 802 $

323 $ à 812 $

327 $ à 822 $

16 $ à 40 $

720 $

Indemnité de service à bord d’un sous-marin
DRAS 205.37

451 $ à 890 $

457 $ à 901 $

463 $ à 912 $

469 $ à 923 $

475 $
à 935 $

24 $ à 45 $

792 $

Indemnité d’opérations spéciales
DRAS 205.385

705 $ à 2 381 $

714 $ à 2 411 $

723 $ à 2 441 $

732 $ à 2 472 $

741 $ à 2 503 $

36 $ à 122 $

2 172 $

Indemnité de combattant de la force d’intervention spéciale DRAS 205.401

1 414 $ à 3 730 $

1 432 $ à 3 777 $

1 450 $ à 3 824 $

1 468 $ à 3 872 $

1 486 $ à 3 920 $

72 $ à 190 $

3 396 $

Indemnité de sous-marinier
DRAS 205.41

382 $

387 $

392 $

397 $

402 $

20 $

360 $

Indemnité spéciale – Station des Forces canadiennes Alert
DRAS 11, Section 3

116 $ à 591 $

117 $ à 598 $

118 $ à 605 $

119 $ à 613 $

120 $ à 621 $

4 $ à 30 $

516 $

* Estimation fondée sur trois ans (avril 2014 à mars 2017) à l’échelon maximal pour chaque indemnité.

Indemnité quotidienne

Taux avant l’augmentation (2013)

2014

2015

2016

2017

Augmentation journalière

Paiement rétroactif

Indemnité de parachutiste occasionnel

DRAS 205.305 (payée par saut)

72,04 $

72,94 $

73,85 $

74,77 $

75,71 $

3,67 $

54 $

Indemnité du personnel navigant occasionnel

DRAS 205.325

29,62 $

29,99 $

30,37 $

30,74 $

31,13 $

1,51 $

22 $

Indemnité de service occasionnel en campagne
DRAS 205.335

25,84 $

26,17 $

26,49 $

26,82 $

27,16 $

1,32 $

20 $

Indemnité de plongée en permanence (déminage/combat) DRAS 205.345

40,30 $/ 22,23 $

40,80 $/22,51 $

41,31 $/
22,79 $

41,83 $/
23,07 $

42,35 $/
23,36 $

2,05 $/
1,13 $

30 $/17 $

Indemnité de service occasionnel en mer
DRAS 205.355

25,84 $

26,17 $

26,49 $

26,82 $

27,16 $

1,32 $

20 $

Indemnité de service en chambre hypobare
DRAS 205.36

14,83 $

15,01 $

15,20 $

15,39 $

15,58 $

0,75 $

11 $

Indemnité de service occasionnel à bord d’un sous-marin
DRAS 205.375

29,04 $

29,41 $

29,77 $

30,15 $

30,52 $

1,48 $

22 $

Indemnité de risque exceptionnel
CBI 205.38 (payée par incident)

182 $ ou 349 $

184 $ ou 353 $

186 $ ou 357 $

188 $ ou 361 $

190 $ ou 366 $

8 $ à 17 $

240 $

Indemnité en permanence d’opérations spéciales
DRAS 205.385(14), (15)

22 $ à 67 $

22 $ à 68 $

22 $ à 69 $

22 $ à 70 $

22 $ à 71 $

0 $ à 4 $

60 $

Indemnité en permanence de combattant de la force d’intervention spéciale
CBI 205.401(4.1), (4.2)

72,53 $

73,43 $

74,35 $

75,28 $

76,22 $

3,69 $

55 $

Indemnité de sujet d’expérience
DRAS 205.48

12,72 $ + 50,65 $

12,88 $ + 51,29 $

13,04 $ + 51,93 $

13,20 $ + 52,58 $

13,37 $ + 53,23 $

0,65 $ à 2,58 $

39 $

* Estimation fondée sur 10 jours de travail en trois ans (avril 2014 à mars 2017) à l’échelon maximal pour chaque indemnité.
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