# 2015-167 - Post Living Differential (PLD)

Post Living Differential (PLD)

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2015–09–17

The grievor was posted to Mirabel in 2012 and purchased a home in Boisbriand. The grievor alleged that Boisbriand was part of the post living differential area (PLDA) of Montreal until 2011, when it was transferred to the Mirabel PLDA. The grievor maintained that Boisbriand should not have changed PLDAs because, according to his own analysis, the cost of living more closely resembled that of the municipalities included in the Montreal PLDA. He therefore asked that Boisbriand be placed back in the Montreal PLDA and that he be granted a post living differential (PLD) allowance retroactively to the date of his transfer. He also asked that the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group newcomers' guide be corrected, as it presented Boisbriand as part of the Montreal geographic area.

There is no Initial Authority decision as the initial authority did not render a decision on the grievance within the prescribed time limit.

The Committee found that Boisbriand had been part of the Mirabel PLDA since 2008 and underscored the importance of differentiating the place of duty and PLDA concepts, as they were two different things. The Committee noted that the 2012–2013 guide showed that Boisbriand was part of the Montreal geographical area, but it did not link it directly with the PLDA. The error had since been corrected. The Committee reiterated that the PLD allowance should not be considered a source of income or an entitlement when making financial decisions and recommended that the grievance be denied.

FA Decision Summary

There is no Final Authority decision as the grievor withdrew the grievance.

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