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May 25, 2010

SUBJECT: Certification of Salary (Form PWGSC-TPSGC 2201)


1.1 The purpose of this compensation directive is to provide compensation advisors with information on when it is necessary to complete the certification of salary for the administration of service buyback.


2.1 This directive should be read in conjunction with the Superannuation Administration Manual (SAM) Special Bulletin 2009-002 regarding the new delivery process of service purchase (elections).

2.2 Since the implementation of the new delivery model, the compensation community may have received a large number of requests for salary certification from the Public Service Pension Centre (PSPC). This is contrary to the intent of pension centralization.


3.1 Effective immediately, when possible, employees of the PSPC will use the salary information available within the Public Service Pension Centre. This will reduce the requirement for employing organizations to complete salary certification form (PWGSC-TPSGC 2201).

As a result, for service buyback administration, the completion of salary certification should only be requested by the PSPC in the following situations:

  1. For accounts that belong to an organization not using the Regional Pay System (RPS);
  2. When there is a discrepancy between a previously certified salary and the salary information contained in the pension system;
  3. For establishing the salary to be used when the service buyback is within one year of becoming a contributor and a collective agreement was signed prior to the receipt of the "Service Buyback Form" (PWGSC-TPSGC 3006)
  4. When the PSPC is unable to obtain a copy of the collective agreement.

3.2 If conditions in section 3.1 are met, the certification salary must be completed by the employing organization and returned to the PSPC within 60 calendar days. If the employing organization is unable to obtain the employee's file from a previous department, the pay office (PO) or archives within the prescribed time frame, the PSPC must be advised, via a facsimile, of the unavailability of documents required to certify the salary.

If the PSPC staff request a completion of form (PWGSC-TPSGC 2201), and one or more of the conditions outlined in section 3.1 do not apply, the compensation advisor should immediately contact the individual requesting salary certification, using the information provided on the (PWGSC-TPSGC 2201), and advise that the conditions for departmental salary certification have not been met.


4.1 These procedures are in compliance with the Public Service Superannuation Act (PSSA) and the Public Service Superannuation Regulations (PSSR).


5.1 Any inquiries on the information contained in this document should be addressed to your Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) Compensation Services Office.

Original Signed by
B. Fortin

Brigitte Fortin
Director General
Compensation Sector
Accounting, Banking and Compensation

Reference(s): CJA