What happens on May 24 after the EC and TR collective agreements are signed?

May 11, 2017

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What will be the impact on my pay?

The new collective agreements take effect once they are signed by both parties. The collective agreements should be signed on May 24.

Treasury Board is bound by the collective agreement and must implement the provisions of the new collective agreement (including back pay) in the 150 days following the date of signing.

Once the new agreement is signed, salary revisions are forwarded by your department or agency to the Public Service Pay Centre. Once the pay centre has received the information, your new salary should be reflected two pay periods later. The first priority of the pay centre is to verify and validate that your pay rate is updated accurately. Afterwards, they will generate cheques adjusting your pay rate for the retroactive period.

Here are the codes used in connection with retroactive payment and provides an explanation for each. See Appendix B.

You can find the complete list of pay entitlement codes on this page.

Please also note that PSPC tested the application of back pay for a new collective agreement between the Canada Revenue Agency and TBS that was ratified in September 2016 through the Phoenix system. It took the employer approximately 3 months between the ratification and the time when retroactive payments were issued to employees. 

What additional entitlements or allowances will be adjusted as a result of a retroactive revision?

While the following list is not all inclusive, it provides a representation of various entitlements and allowances that will be adjusted as a result of a retroactive revision The retroactive period is from the effective date of the salary revision (June 22, 2014 for the ECs and April 19, 2014 for the TRs) up to and including the day before the collective agreement is signed:

(Source, Public service pay centre).

You will find answers to most of your questions regarding your back pay, and pay in general, by consulting this information bulletin prepared by the Public Service Pay Centre.

Compensatory leave

In order for Phoenix pay-related matters to be addressed first, the Treasury Board is providing direction to Departments regarding the compensatory leave cash-out. Compensatory leave will not be automatically cashed out as it would normally be, as per the current collective agreement, unless requested by the employee.  It is important to note that ECs have made a significant gain in this round of bargaining. They will now have until September of the next fiscal year to use compensatory leave credits in excess of 37.5 hours before they are cashed out. We are aware that many members value time off over money and believed this to be excellent news, allowing members to use compensatory time during the summer months.


We have published an information bulletin for ECs and TRs who have retired.