One-Time Entitlement of Vacation Leave With Pay


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

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind departments of the interpretation and the correct application of the one-time vacation leave with pay entitlement provision.

Consistent with the Public Service Labour Relations Board decision, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada v. Treasury Board (File Number: 569-02-89) that confirms the Employer’s longstanding interpretation on the application of the one-time vacation leave with pay entitlement, once an employee is credited with the one-time vacation leave with pay entitlement in the Public Service, they are not entitled to be credited again under another collective agreement or policy instrument.

Therefore, employees meeting the eligibility criteria when joining a bargaining unit shall be credited the benefit in accordance with the relevant collective agreement, provided it was not already received under another collective agreement or during previous employment in the Public Service.

The entitlement is credited based on the employee's status on the date the employee meets the requirements of the collective agreement. It shall not be adjusted even if the employee’s status changes over time.

All questions should be directed to your Departmental Corporate Labour Relations or Corporate Compensation Official who, if required, will direct their questions to the following email address: Contact Interpretations by E-mail

Original signed by Marc Thibodeau

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

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