The Special Assignment Pay Plan (SAPP), last updated in 1991, permitted deputy heads or their designates to recruit and assign a specified number of employees for a period of up to three years to duties and responsibilities which had not been classified, or had been classified at a lower level than the level to which the employee was appointed while maintaining the employee’s salary at his or her substantive level. The flexibility granted by SAPP was intended to support deputy heads in retaining knowledge and developing employees.
No, employees appointed to the Executive (EX) Group are subject to special deployment in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on the Management of Executives and associated Directive on Executive Compensation.
Under the Plan, certain departments were assigned a quota for SAPP assignments and if the department wanted an increase in the quota, or if a department not listed wanted a quota established, they had to request the increase or quota from the Treasury Board Secretariat.
The rescission of this Plan is in keeping with the modernization of human resources management and streamlining of Treasury Board’s policy suite. Consult the people management policy renewal project for more details.
The rescission of this Plan supports the application of the Public Service Employment Act and the values of fairness, transparency, access and representativeness.
The Financial Administration Act, the Public Service Employment Act, the Treasury Board Policy Framework for the Management of Compensation and associated policy instruments together provide deputy heads with the authority and flexibility to achieve the SAPP objectives through a range of resourcing and administrative actions, including appointments and deployments in addition to standard assignments and secondments.
The Special Assignment Pay Plan (SAPP) is rescinded effective February 24, 2015.
A three-year transition period with the following conditions applies effective February 24, 2012:
Yes, the three-year transition period allows for the following: