Foreign Service Directives Committee

The President of the Treasury Board has approved the following three changes effective January 18, 2008, under the authority of Foreign Service Directive 58 – Post Differential Allowance (http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/index.php?sid=16&hl=1&lang=eng#tc-tm_3):

1. Federal public servants assigned to Afghanistan are facing unprecedented risks and hardship due to active hostilities involving Canada's military presence as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. To recognise the hardships of these postings, the current measure is now in place.

* Employees who are assigned to Kabul and Kandahar will be provided with a temporary special risk premium. This special risk premium will be paid only while current conditions persist. For more details, please consult appendix A.

2.  Federal public servants assigned to Afghanistan and Iraq are facing unprecedented risks and hardship due to active hostilities. To recognise the hardships of these postings, the current measure is now in place.

* Employees who are assigned to Kabul, Kandahar and Baghdad have also been provided with additional assistance through an enhancement to the existing decompression program in addition to standard provisions found in the Foreign Service Directives. For more details, please consult appendix B.

3.  In 1994, a decompression program was established for employees assigned to Algiers. At the time, the rationale was to recognize that employees were facing a high level of risk and hardship and could not be accompanied by their family members due to the high security risks of the location. The decompression program is no longer warranted as the security in Algiers has improved significantly and employees are no longer required to be assigned on an unaccompanied basis.

* The decompression program for Algiers has been cancelled. For more details, please consult appendix C.

For more information, please contact the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Labour Relations and Compensation Operations sector: Cynthia Nash at 613‑946‑3714 or Kimberley Gowing at 613‑952‑3256.