Welcome, civilian employees at RCMP


The Canadian Association of Professional Employees extends a warm welcome to civilian members who fall under the ESS group of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; these civilian employees will officially join the EC community in 2018. CAPE learned today that civilian staff will see their classifications converted in about a year. It will be our pleasure to assist and represent you during this process.

Keep an eye out for the launch of our recruitment campaign, which starts in mid-February; we would like to be ready to represent you as quickly as possible during this transition, which we assume is likely to bring about certain challenges.

Once again, welcome!

Emmanuelle Tremblay

The following is the RCMP-issued announcement regarding this transition:

Official announcement of deeming date for civilian members

Further to previous broadcasts on this matter, this is to inform you that the date on which civilian members of the RCMP will be deemed to be appointed under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) will be April 26, 2018.

While the date is still well over a year away, we wanted to provide as much notice as possible to ensure civilian members have plenty of time to learn more about what deeming means for them. Nothing changes today, and civilian members remain members under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (RCMP Act) until deeming occurs on April 26, 2018.

Deeming ensures employees performing the same work are treated in the same way. It also opens civilian members to a much wider range of career opportunities in the broader public service. On a practical level, deeming will also help streamline human resources processes.

Work has been ongoing for several years and the Categories of Employees (COE) team continues to work to ensure a smooth transition for civilian members, with the least impact possible. As a result, many key aspects of the transition have been examined and resolved. For more information, please visit the updated COE site. 

A number of questions and concerns have been brought to my attention with regards to the COE initiative and deeming. The management team and I appreciate that this period of transition can bring uncertainty and anxiety for some.

Until the effective date of deeming, however, civilian members remain employees appointed under the RCMP Act. As such, unless circumstances change, civilian members' current terms and conditions of employment remain the same until then. 

Upon deeming, there will be changes with varying impacts on different groups of civilian members. If you are included in an occupational group that is represented by a bargaining agent, it will be the responsibility of the bargaining agent in question to represent your interests with regards to terms and conditions of employment. If you are included in an occupational group that is unrepresented or if you are in certain excluded positions, your terms and conditions of employment will be established by the
Treasury Board. We will seek to keep civilian members of the RCMP informed of future developments, as applicable, related to deeming and we will strive to update the COE site with as much information as appropriate, as details are finalized. Civilian members will also receive documentation on important milestones as we move closer to the date of deeming.

The RCMP is an important Canadian institution and all employees are proud of the Force and their personal contributions to the work the RCMP does to keep Canadians safe. At the same time, I would like to stress that we are one organization guided by a common goal and set of core values, and that I greatly value the work of each of you, regardless of whether you are appointed under the PSEA or the RCMP Act. The legislation under which an employee is appointed does not make one employee's contribution more or less valuable to the RCMP - it is what you personally and professionally contribute to this organization that make us great.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this initiative as we move forward together towards a unified workforce.

Bob Paulson