The transfer of RCMP Civilian Members to the federal public service was planned for May 21, 2020. Many RCMP ESS and TRL employees, also CAPE members, opposed it, fearing that their transfer from a functional pay system to the Phoenix pay system would put their pay and leave at risk.
CAPE has been involved in discussions with the government about the transfer of RCMP Civilian Members to the federal public service since 2017. The deeming was then desired by a majority of CAPE RCMP Civilian Members. At the time, the government was still just discovering how faulty the Phoenix pay system really was. Concerns eventually grew over the potential adverse impacts of having RCMP Civilians go from afunctional pay system to an unreliable one.
Between late 2019 and early 2020, CAPE raised the issue with different levels of government and the RCMP Commissioner. In February 2020, a petition was tabled by Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester. The petition asked for a delay in the transfer of RCMP Civilian Members to the Phoenix HR & Pay System “until the problems with it have been fixed or until there is a reliable and stable replacement."
- June 11, 2020 – CAPE requests to the RCMP Commissioner to be part of the consultation regarding the RCMP Civilian Members deeming process
- February 14, 2020 – CAPE requests to Minister Duclos to postpone the deeming of RCMP Civilians
- March 2, 2020 – The Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) notifies CAPE that TBS President Jean-Yves Duclos has recommended delaying planned transfer
- May 31, 2019 – CAPE requests to the RCMP Commissioner to postpone the deeming of RCMP Civilians