Directive on Career Transition for Executives

Explains how to manage career transition for executives in situations of lack of work, discontinuance of a function, or the transfer of work or a function outside the core public administration.
Date modified: 2008-09-01

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alternative delivery initiative (diversification des modes d'exécution)
the transfer of any work, undertaking or business of the core public administration to any body or corporation that is a separate agency or that is outside the core public administration.
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister position (poste de sous-ministre adjoint délégué)
an EX-04 position sharing the mandate, delegated authority and accountabiliity of an existing EX-05 position of exceptional size and complexity where both positions report to the same Deputy Head / Associate Deputy Head.
continuous employment (emploi continu)
one or more periods of service in the public service, as defined in the Public Service Superannuation Act, with allowable breaks only as provided for in the terms and conditions of employment applicable to the employee.
demotion (rétrogradation)
the placement of an employee in a position that has a lower maximum rate of pay than the maximum rate of pay applicable to the employee's former position for reasons of discipline, unsatisfactory performance and reasons other than breaches of discipline or misconduct.
deployment (mutation)
the movement of an employee from one position to another position made pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act.
deputy head (administrateur général)
for purposes of Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act, the deputy minister, and for purposes of    Schedule IV, the chief executive officer or the person who occupies such a position.
executive (cadre supérieur)
An employee appointed to the Executive Group (EX 01 to EX 05 levels), including director, director general, assistant deputy minister or equivalent. For purposes of this directive, employees who are classified in the following groups and levels are considered to be executive equivalents: Defence Scientific Service (DS) Group, levels 7A,7B and 8, Medical Officer (MD-MOF) Group, levels 4 and 5, and Medical Specialist (MD-MSP) Group, level 3.
executive group, EX group (groupe de la direction, groupe EX)
the occupational group as defined in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, March 27, 1999.
lay-off (mise en disponibilité)
the termination of employment in the core public administration pursuant to the Public Service Employment Act.
lower classification level (niveau de classification inférieur)
position with a lower maximum rate of pay than the previous position to which the employee is assigned to perform the duties, i.e. a difference of $1.00 or more for annual rates and $0.01 or more for hourly rates.
lump sum performance award (prime au rendement)
a performance award for the achievement of Key Commitments (at-risk pay and bonus).
negotiated transition agreement (entente négociée de transition)
in cases of lay-off, a cash only or a cash and non-cash incentive offered to an employee in return for the employee's resignation.
notice period (période de préavis)
the period commencing with the formal notification of the executive's surplus situation and the actual termination date of employment.
retirement (retraite)
the voluntary separation of an employee entitling the employee to benefits under the Public Service Superannuation Act.
salary (salaire)
the fixed recurring portion of an employee's cash compensation received for the performance of the regular duties of a position, exclusive of allowances, performance awards or other compensation or gratuities.
salary maintenance (maintien du traitement)

the treatment under the Directive on Career Transition for Executives given to the total compensation of an executive who is appointed to a position with a lower salary maximum while on surplus status,


the treatment under the Directive on Executive Compensation given to the total compensation of an executive who is appointed to an executive position which has a lower salary maximum than the salary the employee received in the former position.

salary protection for executives (protection salariale pour les cadres supérieurs)
the treatment given to the total compensation of an employee whose position has been reclassified or converted to a level with a lower salary maximum.
secondment (détachement)
an arrangement where an employee makes a lateral or downward move to another department to temporarily perform the functions of an existing position or to take on a special project, after which he or she returns to the home department. A secondment cannot change tenure or be a promotion.
separation (cessation d'emploi)
a severance of the relationship between employer and employee, whether voluntary (e.g. resignation) or involuntary (e.g. owing to illness, accident, disability, discharge or termination for disciplinary reasons).
substantive position (poste d'attache)
the position to which an employee has been appointed or deployed, or from which an employee is being appointed or deployed within the public service, in accordance with the Public Service Employment Act.
surplus status (statut d'employé excédentaire)

an indeterminate employee is in surplus status from the date he or she is declared surplus or notified that his or her position will become surplus, until:

  • the date of lay-off,
  • he or she is indeterminately appointed or deployed to another position,
  • his or her surplus status is rescinded, or
  • the employee resigns.
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