Student rates of pay – Effective May 1, 2024

1. Rates of pay for secondary school students

Hourly rate: $17.36

  1. The rate of pay for secondary school students is established at the highest provincial/territorial minimum wage (currently Yukon).
  2. For assignments requiring secondary school education, managers may offer the assignment to post-secondary students and pay them the secondary school rate of pay only when secondary school students are not available.

2. Research affiliate program

Deputy heads are authorized to set a stipend or a bursary in lieu of a salary. Stipends reflect the corresponding hourly, weekly or monthly rate established for other post-secondary students for their completed years in their current field of study. Bursaries are paid through installments.

3. Rates of pay for post-secondary school students

Academic Levels Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
College / CEGEP
$17.36 $18.27 $19.34 $20.49 $21.74 $23.03 N/A
$18.42 $19.72 $21.13 $22.56 $24.18 $25.87 $27.68
Master’s $24.62 $26.58 $28.70 $30.99 N/A N/A N/A
Doctorate $28.99 $31.60 $34.43 $37.53 N/A N/A N/A

Application of the rates of pay for post-secondary students:

  1. Rates of pay are determined at the initial appointment or reappointment stage and are based on the student's current academic level.
  2. Departments and organizations have the delegated authority to offer students a salary at any step above the minimum rate, under the following circumstances:
    • 2.1 When the students are re-employed (as defined by the Public Service Commission for the purpose of recruitment and referral of students);
    • 2.2 When the students have relevant previous work experience;
    • 2.3 When the students have completed more than one (1) year of study in their present academic program;
    • 2.4 When there is a shortage of students in the field of study required;
    • 2.5 When the students are undergoing a second college or university undergraduate degree; or
    • 2.6 When a university degree or year of study is required as a prerequisite for another program, such as a bachelor of law, education, medicine, pharmacy or veterinary sciences program.
  3. It is recommended that departments and organizations ensure uniformity in student rates of pay within their organization.  Departments and organizations are encouraged to establish guidelines governing salary progression between assignments. Progression could be based on students developing knowledge and competence with experience. However, departments and organizations may identify positions where progression between assignments is not warranted, such as for procedural work where the work related to a position does not require significant development.
  4. Managers must have a clear rationale for using the maximum rates of pay for university, college / CEGEP and pre-university students, such as labour shortages, specialized skills or another rationale established in departmental and organizational guidelines.
  5. Movement of more than one incremental step should only occur in limited circumstances, where there is a clear rationale (see above item for examples).
  6. Students enrolled at a university in a pre-university year are to be remunerated at the college / CEGEP level.
  7. Students attending college who are participating in a recognized university degree program (such as a bachelor’s degree) may be remunerated at the appropriate university level.
  8. Students who:
    • have completed a university degree, and
    • continue their studies at a college in a related field of study
    are to be remunerated at the step in the salary range for university undergraduate studies, which is not less than the salary earned in the previous year.

4. Student rates of pay for departmental programs

Effective May 1, 2019, a single rate of pay is to be established by the relevant department for each job in the following Departmental programs:

  • Vimy Guide Program (Veterans Affairs Canada): Guides, Guides (Call-back), Senior Guides
  • In-shore Rescue Program (Fisheries and Oceans Canada): Crew, Coxswain

The rates of pay must be selected from the ‘College / CEGEP Pre-University’ or ‘University Under-graduate’ pay lines. Pay relativities between the different jobs within each departmental program should be commensurate with differences in education, experience and the nature of the work between the jobs in the program. The rates of pay must take into consideration the application principles and transition considerations noted above.

5. Provincial or territorial minimum wages

If the applicable provincial or territorial minimum wage amount is higher than the current maximum offered for the corresponding academic level of the student, the provincial or territorial minimum wage rate is to be applied.

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