Update on the implementation of economic increases
(November 22, 2022)
The information provided below is for executives in organizations served by the Public Service Pay Center. Other organizations may be at different stages and the numbers reported below are not inclusive of the advancement of these organizations.
APEX continues to advocate on behalf of the executive community with respect to the implementation of the latest economic increases. In earlier updates, we shared with you timelines for the three phases of implementation established by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Treasury Board Secretariat, as well as information with respect to the automation of the first phase, for a majority of executives.
The automated pay rate update has allowed 62% of active executives to receive an increase on a go-forward basis in a more timely manner than anticipated. This number is slightly lower than the original 75% projections, primarily due to the fact that many executive salaries were already updated as a result of manual pay rate changes that had been completed through the processing of other pay transactions on their account. EX accounts were also excluded from automated pay rate update due to any of the following factors: employment by separate agencies with incompatible conditions of employment, executives subject to salary maintenance or salary protection, and other complex pay scenarios.
Current executives who have not yet received a pay rate update can conclude that their account was subject to an exclusion condition. The accounts that could not be included, will be subject to a manual revision prior to implementing the new pay rate. The Public Service Pay Centre’s commitment is to have all current EX accounts at the new rate of pay on a go forward basis no later than March 31, 2023.
Some executives have noticed that the Pay Centre has created economic increase tickets with a bring forward (BF) date of summer 2024. PSPC has confirmed that it is simply an administrative measure to monitor the work to be done.
The Pay Centre has committed to issue all retroactive payments by March 31, 2024, and has assured us that the process is well underway. In fact, the Pay Centre is ahead of initial projections, and is positioned favourably to conclude the implementation prior to the deadline. Additionally, PSPC has recently completed the pay actions associated with the last round of bargaining, freeing up capacity to focus on EX pay implementation.
In the meantime, APEX continues to advocate for changes on how increases to executive compensation are determined, to ensure a fair, impartial, transparent and timely process.