The NJC Isolated Posts and Government Housing Committee has developed the following questions and answers in order to provide departments and employees with clarification of the intent of Part V of the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive (IPGHD).
Do the benefits under Section 5 apply to locally hired employees in isolated posts?
No, the benefits for relocation upon end of employment do not apply to locally hired employees given that relocation expenses cannot exceed the amount that would be incurred in relocating to their normal place of residence. Since they were hired from their normal place of residence, they cannot be relocated to another location.
What is the definition of a "local hire" for purposes of the IPGHD?
For purposes of the IPGHD, a local hire is defined as follows:
Who when initially hired by the federal government in a particular isolated post and already resides there. This becomes their normal place of residence from that point onward whether they spend their careers there or move to other locations.
The definition of a "Normal Place of Residence" in the directive is confusing. There are two parts to the definition and it is not clear when a) or b) would apply.
Normal place of residence (lieu de résidence ordinaire) means :
(a) the last place in Canada where employees permanently resided prior to their assignment to an isolated post, or
(b) where paragraph (a) does not apply or employees are not returning to the place referred to in paragraph (a), the place in Canada determined by the deputy head to be their normal place of residence.
For purposes of (a) the last place in Canada where employees permanently resided prior to their assignment to an isolated post refers to the location from where:
(i) a federal government employee who was recruited to work at an isolated post and therefore received relocation expenses to the isolated post; or
(ii) the non-isolated post location where a federal government employee has storage of personal effects (section 4.4) prior to being assigned at an isolated post; or
(iii) the location from where a person was recruited by a federal government department to work in location that is designated as an isolated post.
Please refer to the examples provided under Question 2 above.
For purposes of (b) the place in Canada determined by the deputy head to be the normal place of residence refers to a location as the last place in Canada where the employee permanently resided prior to their assignment to an isolated post for purposes of relocation. The definition is only in reference to relocation benefits to an isolated post (storage of effects section 4.4) or upon end of employment (section 5.2).
It provides for a deputy head the authority to approve reimbursement of expenses to employees who:
This authority entails designating another location for purposes of relocation upon end of employment as the employee's normal place of residence provided it does not cost more than if the employee were to return to the last place in Canada where they resided prior to being assigned to an isolated post.