Information Bulletin - Applying Recognition of Prior Service in the Canadian Forces for Vacation Purposes to the FI Collective Agreement


To: Heads of Human Resources, Directors/Chiefs of Labour Relations and Compensation

Effective , the Directive on Terms and Conditions of Employment has been amended to include prior service with the Canadian Forces in the definition of “service” for vacation leave purposes. (For more information, please refer to the Information Notice - Recognition of Prior Service in the Canadian Forces for Vacation Purposes issued on ).

Qualifying service will count retroactively from , for the calculation of additional leave credits of former Canadian Forces members. This change has immediate application for excluded and unrepresented employees and can also apply to former Canadian Forces members whose relevant collective agreement is currently in force.

Since vacation provisions are provided for in collective agreements, bargaining agents are being approached in order to incorporate new provisions to recognize this service into collective agreements either during current rounds of bargaining or through a memorandum of agreement.

For represented employees whose collective agreement is currently being negotiated, the change cannot take effect until a new collective agreement has been signed or a memorandum of agreement has been concluded. Please note, however, that the start date of the former service qualification will remain .

In this regard, on , the Treasury Board and the Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO) signed a memorandum of agreement amending the Financial Management (FI) collective agreement to recognize service in the Canadian Forces for the purpose of calculating vacation leave entitlement.

All questions from employees are to be directed to their appropriate corporate officials.

In accordance with the Interpretation Requests bulletin, Departmental Corporate Labour Relations and Corporate Compensation Managers and Officers can send any questions regarding this change to the following email address: Contact Interpretations by E-mail

Michael Holt
A/Senior Director
Core Public Administration
Compensation Management
Compensation and Labour Relations
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

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