Agreement on Changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan

March 26, 2014

CAPE and all Bargaining Agents members of the National Joint Council have come to an agreement with the government’s representatives at the Partners Committee on changes to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP). This unanimous agreement was also endorsed by the pensioners’ representatives on the Committee and was accepted by the President of the Treasury Board.

In its February 2014 budget, the government stated that it will increase retiree premiums for the PSHCP and increase the years of service to be eligible for the PSHCP as a retiree. CAPE denounced these changes the day the budget was tabled. However, we found in our discussions with Treasury Board that these changes would be legislated if we did not agree.

While we negotiated under this threat by the Government, we were able to strike a deal which has a number of substantial improvements to the Plan.

The changes are: