HR Information notice - Revocation of Environment Allowance (EA) for Fort Nelson and Toad River, BC

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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, Committee members of the NJC IPGHD (for information)

The National Joint Council (NJC) Isolated Posts and Government Housing Committee (IPGHC) has approved changes to Appendix A and Appendix G to be effective February 1, 2014.

A review of communities following the release of the 2011 Census of Canada indicates that the towns specified hereunder no longer qualify for the Environment Allowance due to the amalgamation of cities into the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. The resulting increase in population reduced the total points allotted for determining eligibility and as a result, the locations no longer qualify as isolated posts for the purposes of Appendix A.

As a result, Fort Nelson and Toad River, BC will be deleted from Appendix A and added to Appendix G as Special Locations.

In order to mitigate the impact of the results on employees in these communities, the phase out process outlined in Section 2.7 of the IPGHD is to be followed. Departments must provide written notice to each employee affected by the change (email is considered acceptable).

The process for revocation of the EA will be as per 2.7.3, at the rate of $100.00 per month starting on the first day of the fourth calendar month after the month in which written notice is received. As per 2.7.5 when an EA is revoked, the benefits referred to in Part III shall end on the first day of the fourth calendar month after the month in which written notice was received.

Revocation of the EA also means that these communities are no longer entitled to benefits under Part III, Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.8 and 3.9, on the first day of the fourth calendar month after the month in which written notice is received.

Please distribute this notice and include the amended Appendix A and Appendix G to persons at your headquarters and regional offices who are involved in the administration of the allowances. Public Service employees or regional staff should direct any questions on this subject to their Designated Departmental Coordinator for the IPGHD who, if need be, can contact the appropriate officers at the Treasury Board Secretariat.

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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