New to the public service
Information: Life events disclaimer
The following material is intended to provide you with information about some of the common types of change in employment situations and the effects it will have on your employment.
When joining the public service, you will be hired on either a full-time or part-time basis as one of the following employment types:
- indeterminate (permanent)
- term more than 6 months
- term more than 3 months and less than 6 months
- term less than 3 months
- seasonal worker
- casual (no more than 90 days)
- as and when required
- ministers exempt staff
- governor-in-council appointees
You may want to know...
- How will I know what terms and conditions of employment I am subject to?
- How will the Pay Centre be notified that I have commenced employment?
- When will I receive my first pay?
- Can I opt to receive a paper cheque instead of receiving direct deposit payments?
- How do I make sure that I receive my first pay without delay?
- If I have not received regular pay within my first 20 working days, can I be issued an emergency salary advance?
- If I am issued an emergency salary advance, how is it repaid?
- How will I be informed of benefits, allowances and insurances that I may be eligible for?
How will I know what terms and conditions of employment I am subject to?
Your letter of offer that you signed on commencement of employment will contain information about your collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment that you are subject to.
The following are some of the most common references:
How will the Pay Centre be notified that I have commenced employment?
As part of the staffing process, your departmental human resources section will forward various pieces of information about your employment to the Public Service Pay Centre.
When will I receive my first pay?
Newly appointed employees are to receive their first pay within 20 working days of commencing employment. This information is based on the service standards established by the Pay Centre.
Can I opt to receive a paper cheque instead of receiving direct deposit payments?
Direct deposit is mandatory for all persons newly appointed from outside the Public Service on an indeterminate basis or for a specified period where the term is greater than, or is extended beyond, six months.
Effective January 2012 all employees are eligible for direct deposit.
How do I make sure that I receive my first pay without delay?
In order to ensure that you receive your first pay without delay, please complete the following mandatory forms and send a copy by either fax or mail to the Pay Centre. Please keep the original documents for your records.
If I have not received regular pay within my first twenty working days, can I be issued an emergency salary advance?
If you are paid on a current basis, an emergency salary advance can be issued to you if a regular salary cheque has not been issued within twenty working days of commencing employment.
If you are paid in arrears, an emergency salary advance can be issued if a regular salary cheque has not been issued within twenty working days of commencing employment.
If I am issued an emergency salary advance, how is it repaid?
If an emergency salary advance is issued to you, action will be taken by the Pay Centre to have the monies recovered from your next available pay cheque.
How will I be informed of benefits, allowances and insurances that I may be eligible for?
On receipt of the following:
- Pay action request form
- TD1 2017 personal tax credits return
- Provincial tax form
- Direct deposit enrolment request (accessible only on the Government of Canada network)
The Pay Centre will take action to start your basic pay, as well as any associated allowances and benefits. If your type of employment is such that you are either eligible or required to participate in the Public Service Pension Plan or various other insurance plans, the Pay Centre will provide you with information and direction with respect to your benefits within a few days of receiving the forms initiating your pay. To ensure you are able to make informed decisions regarding your benefits, you will also be provided with information with respect to any voluntary benefits you may be eligible for.
If you are eligible to participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, the Pay Centre will notify the Pension Centre. Once notified, the Pension Centre will provide you with information about your participation in the plan and pension-related documentation that you may require for participation.
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