Directive on Executive Compensation

Sets out the requirements for the equitable and consistent administration of executive compensation, including salary and non-salary elements, as well as the management of temporary operational requirements.
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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.
common-law partner (conjoint de fait)
(See also Spouse) a person living in a conjugal relationship with an employee for a continuous period of at least one year.
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). 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 appointed on a term basis (cadre supérieur nommé pour une période déterminée)
an employee appointed to the executive group for a specified period.
executive group, EX group, Executive (EX) Group - (groupe de la direction, Groupe EX)
the occupational group as defined in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, March 27, 1999.
family (famille)
  1. for the purpose of care of family leave:
    • spouse or common-law partner resident with the employee;
    • children (including foster children or children of spouse or common-law partner);
    • parents (including step-parents and foster-parents); and,
    • any relative residing in the executive's household or with whom the executive permanently resides.
  2. for the purpose of bereavement leave :
    • spouse or common-law partner resident with the employee;
    • children (including foster children or children of spouse or common-law partner), stepchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and grandchildren;
    • parents (including step-parents and foster-parents), father-in-law, mother-in-law and grandparents;
    • brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law;
    • any relative residing in the executive's household or with whom the executive permanently resides.
in-range salary movement (progression à l'intérieur de l'échelle salariale)
an increase in annual salary within the minimum and maximum salary applicable to the employee's group and level.
lower level position (niveau de poste 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 (montant forfaitaire au titre de la rémunération au rendement)
a performance award for the achievement of key commitments (at-risk pay and bonus).
public service (fonction publique)
as defined in section 11 (1) of the Financial Administration Act.
reclassification (reclassification)
a change to either or both the occupational group and level of a position resulting from significant change in the work. A reclassification may be upward or downward.
resignation (démission)
the voluntary separation of an employee other than at the end of a specified term for reasons other than retirement or lay-off.
retroactive period (période de rétroactivité)
the period commencing on the effective date of implementation of the revision of rates of pay. Where no effective date of implementation is noted, the retroactive period ends on the day prior to the date formal notification of the revision is issued to departments.
salary (salaire de base)
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,

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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.
service (service)
means continuous and discontinuous employment with any organization that is subject to the Financial Administration Act or with any organization in which the individual was a contributor under the Public Service Superannuation Act, Canadian Forces Superannuation Act or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act.
spouse (conjoint)
(See also Common-law partner) the person married to the employee.
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.
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