Updated Guidance - Student Rates of Pay


To: Heads of Human Resources, Directors/Chiefs of Labour Relations and the Public Service Pay Centre

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance to the core public administration (Schedules I and IV of the Financial Administration Act) on rates of pay for students hired under Treasury Board Student Employment Programs.

In their March 21, 2023 news release , Employment and Social Development Canada indicated that the federal minimum wage applicable to federally regulated private-sector employers would be increasing from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour effective April 1, 2023.

Once the current round of negotiations with bargaining agents is complete, the Treasury Board Secretariat, on behalf of the Employer, will complete a full review of the Students Rates of Pay.

In the interim, as of May 1, 2023, College / CEGEP / Pre-University students (current and future hires) should be remunerated between Steps 2 to 6 of the current pay scale.

All other guidance on student rates of pay remains in effect. Managers continue to have discretion on where to place both existing and newly hired students within the pay scale, provided that the rates are applied consistently and respect managers’ financial obligations.

Secondary School Student Rates of Pay

As of May 1, 2023, secondary school students (current and future hires) should be paid at Step 2 of the College / CEGEP / Pre-University rates of pay based on the informationabove and the fact that the Yukon minimum wage ($16.77) is also higher than the federal minimum wage.

Any questions regarding the above should be directed to your Departmental Corporate Labour Relations or Corporate Compensation representatives who, if required, will direct their questions to the Employee Relations and Total Compensation Sector at the following email address: Interpretations@tbs-sct.gc.ca.

Original signed by

Wendy Braithwaite
Director, Compensation Policy, Interpretations, and Pay Administration
Employee Relations and Total Compensation
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

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