ARCHIVED CD 2006-030
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November 16, 2006
SUBJECT: Changes to the Quebec Blue Cross Premiums
Effective November 1, 2005 and November 1, 2006
1.1 The purpose of this directive is to advise compensation advisors of changes in premium rates for the Quebec Blue Cross (Deduction Code 700) effective November 1, 2005 and November 1, 2006.
1.2 Due to an administrative error, the rate changes to the Quebec Blue Cross premiums (for single and family coverage) effective November 1, 2005, were not implemented in the Regional Pay System (RPS). The rates effective November 1, 2004, continued to be deducted during the period of November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006, resulting in the premiums being over deducted for that period.
1.3 An information notice to employees concerning the above subject has been included with this Compensation Directive.
2.1 The Quebec Blue Cross has announced a decrease in premium rates effective November 1, 2005, and an increase in premium rates effective November 1, 2006. The changes apply to all employees with Deduction Code 700.
2.2 The table below contains the premium rates for the years 2004 to 2006.
|November 1, 2004||$11.00||$27.04|
|November 1, 2005||$10.45||$25.69|
|November 1, 2006||$14.74||$36.25|
3.1 The premium rate changes effective November 1, 2006, for single ($14.74) and family ($36.25) coverage were automatically processed by the RPS on October 30, 2006, for the first pay cycle of November 2006.
3.2 Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has also taken steps to rectify the over deduction of premiums for the period from November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006. The Regional Pay Office will be responsible for the processing of refunds for each affected employee. No manual intervention will be required from the compensation advisors.
3.3 The refunds have been calculated as follows:
- Single coverage - employees with single coverage paid an additional $0.55 per month during the period of November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006. The total amount to be refunded is $6.60 ($11.00 minus $10.45 = $0.55 x 12 months).
- Family coverage - employees with family coverage paid an additional $1.35 per month during the period of November 1, 2005 to October 31, 2006. The total amount to be refunded is $16.20 ($27.04 minus $25.69 = $1.35 x 12 months).
3.4 A supplementary cheque will be issued to each affected employee by November 30, 2006.
4.1 Any inquiries on the information contained in this document should be addressed to your PWGSC Compensation Services Office.
Original Signed by
Acting Director General
Accounting, Banking and Compensation
Reference(s): CJA 9248-2, DED 700 and 869
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