Public sector pension and group insurance benefit plans board appointments

On behalf of the Government of Canada, the President of the Treasury Board is responsible for certain appointments to various governing bodies for the public sector pension and group insurance benefit plans. Committee and board responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Most committees and boards have representation from the employer, bargaining agents and other associations. Candidates for the positions of chairperson and employer representative are selected through Governor in Council and ministerial appointments.

Recruitment strategies seek to attract qualified candidates who will also help to reflect Canada’s diversity in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities), as well as members of ethnic and cultural groups. With few exceptions, the government seeks to appoint bilingual candidates to Governor in Council positions.

Current opportunities

Visit the following web pages to submit your applications for current opportunities.

Observer Program

The Observer Program is an informal program whereby diverse senior-level public servants may be selected to participate on pension and benefits boards to develop their knowledge and experience to become a future appointed Employer representative.

This program is designed to prepare indeterminate executives (EX-01 to EX-05) and excluded EX equivalent or EX minus 1 (e.g. EC-08 or AS-07) public servants to build a more diverse and representative pool of candidates representing the Employer.

Observers will commit to a one-year assignment involving at least 2 half-days meetings, as well as training sessions, to gain experience with the subject matter, and learn how a governing body operates.

Participation in this program is limited to the following boards:

  • Public Service Pension Plan Advisory Committee
  • Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan Board
  • Public Service Dental Care Plan – Board of Management (Public Service Alliance of Canada)
  • Public Service Dental Care Plan – Dental Care Board of Management (National Joint Council)
  • Public Service Health Care Plan Administration Authority – Board of Directors
  • Public Service Management Insurance Plan – Board of Trustees
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Life and Disability Insurance – Advisory Committee

If you are interested in being an Observer of the public service pension or public service group insurance benefit plans governing bodies, please secure approval for the time commitment from your supervisor and send a cover letter telling us about yourself, your CV and a completed Diversity Self-Identification Form to:  PBSAdvisory-SPASconsultation@tbs-sct.gc.ca. (The Diversity Self-Identification Form will be sent to those interested.)

Pension and group insurance benefit plans committees and boards

Governor in Council appointments

Governor in Council appointments include:

Public Sector Pension Investment Board – Board of Directors

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) is a Crown corporation that invests pension contributions for the main public sector pension plans (public service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Armed Forces) in the best interests of plan members.

The PSPIB Board of Directors is composed of 11 directors, including the chairperson.

Public Sector Pension Investment Board – Auditors for the PSPIB and its 100% owned subsidiaries

The Financial Administration Act prescribes a specific process for the appointment of auditors for Crown corporations. As such, these appointments are not subject to the general Governor in Council appointment requirements, notably for advertising and open application.

The auditor of a Crown corporation and each of its wholly-owned subsidiaries are appointed annually by the Governor in Council, after the President of the Treasury Board has consulted the PSPIB Board of Directors. Appointees must be independent of the corporation and its directors, officers and affiliates. The Auditor General of Canada is to be appointed as auditor or joint auditor unless the Auditor General waives this requirement. If auditors are not appointed prior to fiscal year-end, the incumbent auditor continues in office until a successor is appointed.

The PSPIB’s Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the annual assessment of the effectiveness of the external auditors to ensure a high degree of audit quality and independence. They also make recommendations to the PSPIB Board of Directors and the President of the Treasury Board with respect to the reappointment or appointment of the joint external auditor and reviews the terms of the engagement.

Public Service Pension Advisory Committee

This committee reviews matters relating to the administration, design and funding of benefits provided under the public service pension plan and reviews any other pension-related matters that the President of the Treasury Board may refer to it. It also recommends candidates to serve on the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Nominating Committee.

The Public Service Pension Advisory Committee is a legislated thirteen-member committee composed of six members representing the employer (nominated by the President of the Treasury Board), six members representing employees (nominated by the National Joint Council, Bargaining Agent Side) and one member representing pensioners (nominated by a pensioner association).

Ministerial appointments

Ministerial appointments include:

National Joint Council

The National Joint Council of the public service of Canada is the Forum of Choice for co-development, consultation and information sharing between the government as employer and public service bargaining agents.

Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan Board

This board is responsible for reviewing member appeals, monitoring the administration and financial experience of the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan and occasionally providing advice to the President of the Treasury Board.

Public Sector Pension Investment Board – Nominating Committee

This arms-length committee is required to establish a list of qualified candidates for proposed appointment to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s Board of Directors, as per section 10 of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act.

Public Service Dental Care Plan – Board of Management (Public Service Alliance of Canada)

This board is responsible for reviewing member appeals, monitoring the administration and financial experience of the Public Service Alliance of Canada component of the Public Service Dental Care Plan, from time to time negotiating plan design changes and providing advice to the President of the Treasury Board.

Public Service Dental Care Plan – Dental Care Board of Management (National Joint Council)

This board is responsible for reviewing member appeals, monitoring the administration and financial experience of the National Joint Council component of the Public Service Dental Care Plan, and occasionally negotiating plan design changes and providing advice to the President of the Treasury Board.

Public Service Health Care Plan – Partners Committee

This committee is a collaborative forum where bargaining agents, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat officials and pensioner representatives can work together through a joint problem-solving process to reach consensus on plan changes. It monitors and analyses any aspect of the Public Service Health Care Plan, including matters related to plan administration and negotiation of plan design changes to make joint recommendations to the President of the Treasury Board.

Public Service Health Care Plan Administration Authority – Board of Directors

The Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) Administration Authority is an arms-length corporation charged with ensuring that benefits under the PSHCP are delivered to plan members and their dependants in a manner that ensures the efficient, effective administration of the PSHCP. It does so through oversight of the contracted plan administrator.

The Administration Authority is governed by a 10-person board of directors. Members are appointed by the employer (President of the Treasury Board) and the bargaining agents of the National Joint Council (NJC). The President of the Treasury Board, on the recommendation of the NJC, also appoints the chairperson and one director to represent pensioners. 

Public Service Management Insurance Plan – Board of Trustees

This board is responsible for reviewing member appeals and overseeing the contractual plan administrator and financial status of the Public Service Management Insurance Plan, including providing recommendations of premium rate changes to the President of the Treasury Board.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Life and Disability Insurance – Advisory Committee

This committee is responsible for reviewing any claim appeal cases and overseeing the contractual plan administrator as well as financial status of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Life and Disability Insurance plan, including providing recommendations of premium rate changes to the President of the Treasury Board.

The President of the Treasury Board appoints all committee members including representatives of RCMP senior management, regular members, civilian members, a retiree and representatives of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

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