Applying Recognition of Prior Service in the Canadian Forces for Vacation Purposes to SR (E), PA, SV, TC, FB, EB, AI, AV, CS, NR, RE, SH and SP Collective Agreements


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

Effective April 1, 2012, 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 Federal Government Dockyard Trades and Labour Council (East) (FGDTLC(E)) signed a memorandum of agreement amending the Ship Repair East Coast (SR (E)) collective agreement to recognize service in the Canadian Forces for the purpose of calculating vacation leave entitlement.

On , a similar memorandum of agreement was signed with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to amend the Program and Administrative Services (PA), Operational Services (SV), Technical Services (TC), Border Services (FB) and Education and Library Science (EB) collective agreements.

On , a memorandum of agreement was signed with the National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada (CAW-Canada) to amend the Air Traffic Control (AI) collective agreement.

On a memorandum of agreement was signed with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) to amend the Audit, Commerce and Purchasing (AV), Computer Systems (CS), Architecture, Engineering and Land Survey (NR), Research (RE), Health Services (SH) and Applied Science and Patent Examination (SP) collective agreements.

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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