Living Cost Differential (LCD) Survey Results for Northwest Territories Region


To: Functional Heads of Administration, Human Resources, and Financial Services

CC: Chairs and Executive Directors of Northern Federal Regional Councils, Departmental Designated Coordinators for the IPGHD and Committee Members of the NJC IPGHD

Please distribute this notice to employees at your headquarters and regional offices who are involved in the administration of the National Joint Council (NJC) Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive (IPGHD) allowances.

The results of the Statistics Canada surveys of the Living Cost Differential (LCD) indexes for the Northwest Territories Region including two northern British Columbia and four Nunavut posts were approved by the National Joint Council Isolated Posts and Government Housing Committee (NJC-IPGHC). For locations where the LCD classification level has increased, these changes are retroactive to as specified in subsection 2.11.2 of the IPGHD and payments resulting from these changes are to be administered in the same manner as retroactive increases to an employee’s pay.

For the seven locations where there is a decrease in the LCD classification level, departments shall provide a written notice to employees affected by the change within 60 days of receiving this notification, pursuant to subsection 2.13.2 of the IPGHD. The reduction will be effective on the first day of the fourth calendar month after the month in which written notice was received as specified in subsection 2.14.1. An e-mail is considered an acceptable written notice.

A total of twenty–nine (29) isolated posts were reviewed and the results can be summarized as follows:

16 posts with no change in level

  • Aklavik, NT
  • Behchoko (Rae), NT
  • Fort Good Hope, NT
  • Fort McPherson, NT
  • Fort Providence, NT
  • Fort Smith, NT
  • Gjoa Haven, NU
  • Inuvik, NT
  • Kugluktuk(Coppermine), NU
  • Nahanni Butte, NT
  • Norman Wells, NT
  • Taloyoak (Spence Bay), NU
  • Tsiighetchic (Arctic Red River), NT
  • Tuktoyaktuk, NT
  • Wha Ti (Lac La Martre), NT
  • Yellowknife, NT

1 post with a one level increase

  • Fort Simpson, NT

2 posts with a two level increase

  • Deline (Fort Franklin), NT
  • Fort Resolution, NT

3 posts with a three level increase

  • Paulatuk, NT
  • Sachs Harbour, NT
  • Ulukhaktok, NT

5 posts with a one level decreaseFootnote *

  • Cambridge Bay, NU
  • Fort Nelson, BC
  • Hay River, NT
  • Toad River, BC
  • Tulita (Fort Norman), NT

2 posts with a two level decreaseFootnote *

  • Fort Liard, NT
  • Lutselk’e (Snowdrift), NT

The revised LCD classification levels are reflected in Appendix A of the IPGHD.  Employees and regional staff can direct any questions on this subject to their Designated Departmental Coordinator.

Claudia Zovatto
Senior Director
Union Engagement and National Joint Council support
Employment Conditions and Labour Relations Sector
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

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