Living Cost Differential (LCD) Survey Results for the Northwestern Ontario and James Bay Regions

Date: February 1, 2017

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 (for information)

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

The results of the Statistics Canada survey of the Living Costs Differential (LCD) Indexes for the Northwestern Ontario and James Bay Regions were recently communicated to the National Joint Council Isolated Posts and Government Housing Committee (NJC-IPGHC). A total of 37 isolated posts were involved in this review and the results can be summarized as follows:

Posts with no level changes: 21 posts

  • Armstrong
  • Deer Lake
  • Fort Hope
  • Geraldton
  • Gull Bay
  • Heron Bay
  • Kasabonika
  • Kee-Way-Win
  • Lansdowne House
  • Marathon
  • Moose Factory
  • Muskrat Dam
  • North Spirit Lake
  • Ogoki
  • Poplar Hill
  • Rainy River
  • Sand Point Island
  • Sandy Lake
  • Seine River
  • Shoal Lake IR #40
  • Sioux Lookout

Posts with one level increase: 4 posts

  • Bearskin
  • Fort Severn
  • Pelee Island
  • Pikangikum

Posts with one level decrease: 12 posts See Footnote *

  • Attawapiskat
  • Big Trout Lake
  • Cat Lake
  • Fort Albany
  • Kashechewan
  • New Osnaburgh (incl. Pickle Lake)
  • Peawanuck
  • Sachigo Lake
  • Summer Beaver
  • Weagamow Lake
  • Webequie
  • Wunnumin Lake

These changes will be effective February 1, 2017 for the Isolated Posts which had a classification increase in the LCD level as per 2.11.2 of the NJC Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive (IPGHD). Please note that for the 12 locations which decreased, notification must be provided to employees as the effective date of the changes will be the first day of the fourth calendar month after the month in which written notification was received as per 2.12.4 a) of the IPGHD. An email message is acceptable to provide such notification. Details regarding the methodology can be found in the “Guide to National Joint Council Rates and Allowances”.

Departmental employees or regional staff should direct any questions on this subject to the appropriate departmental corporate official. View the list of Designated Departmental Contacts.

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

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