Policy Notice

Within the revised Foreign Service Directives effective April 1, 2009, a new methodology has been introduced for the determination of the Post Living Allowance (PLA).

In accordance with FSD 55.04, the PLA shall now be adjusted to reflect any change in the employee's gross annual salary, where such change results in movement to a higher salary band for the purpose of determining the employee's nominal salary and Post Index adjustment.

In addition, the Post Living Allowance will be adjusted annually on June 1st of each year to reflect the spendable income curve based on the inflation rate reported by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year ending December 31st.

This adjustment recognizes the change in cost of living between the years the income curve is updated by Statistics Canada. The Post Living Allowance will continue to be revised on a four-year cycle based on the repositioning of the income curve resulting from Statistics Canada's Survey of Household Spending (SHS).

The table below reflects the Appendix to FSD 55 - Post Living Allowance effective June 1, 2009.

Salary range

Midpoint/ nominal salary

Adjustment

24,450

25,449

24,950

0.898

25,450

26,449

25,950

0.874

26,450

27,449

26,950

0.851

27,450

28,449

27,950

0.830

28,450

29,449

28,950

0.811

29,450

30,449

29,950

0.793

30,450

31,449

30,950

0.776

31,450

32,449

31,950

0.760

32,450

33,449

32,950

0.745

33,450

34,449

33,950

0.731

34,450

35,449

34,950

0.718

35,450

36,449

35,950

0.705

36,450

37,449

36,950

0.693

37,450

38,449

37,950

0.682

38,450

39,449

38,950

0.671

39,450

40,449

39,950

0.661

40,450

41,449

40,950

0.652

41,450

42,449

41,950

0.643

42,450

43,449

42,950

0.634

43,450

44,449

43,950

0.626

44,450

45,449

44,950

0.618

45,450

46,449

45,950

0.610

46,450

47,449

46,950

0.603

47,450

48,449

47,950

0.596

48,450

49,449

48,950

0.589

49,450

50,449

49,950

0.583

50,450

51,449

50,950

0.576

51,450

52,449

51,950

0.570

52,450

53,449

52,950

0.565

53,450

54,449

53,950

0.559

54,450

55,449

54,950

0.554

55,450

56,449

55,950

0.549

56,450

57,449

56,950

0.544

57,450

58,449

57,950

0.539

58,450

59,449

58,950

0.535

59,450

60,449

59,950

0.530

60,450

61,449

60,950

0.526

61,450

62,449

61,950

0.522

62,450

63,449

62,950

0.518

63,450

64,449

63,950

0.514

64,450

65,449

64,950

0.510

65,450

66,449

65,950

0.506

66,450

67,449

66,950

0.503

67,450

68,449

67,950

0.499

68,450

69,449

68,950

0.496

69,450

70,449

69,950

0.493

70,450

71,449

70,950

0.489

71,450

72,449

71,950

0.486

72,450

73,449

72,950

0.483

73,450

74,449

73,950

0.480

74,450

75,449

74,950

0.478

75,450

76,449

75,950

0.475

76,450

77,449

76,950

0.472

77,450

78,449

77,950

0.470

78,450

79,449

78,950

0.467

79,450

80,449

79,950

0.465

80,450

81,449

80,950

0.462

81,450

82,449

81,950

0.460

82,450

83,449

82,950

0.457

83,450

84,449

83,950

0.455

84,450

85,449

84,950

0.453

85,450

86,449

85,950

0.451

86,450

87,449

86,950

0.449

87,450

88,449

87,950

0.447

88,450

89,449

88,950

0.445

89,450

90,449

89,950

0.443

90,450

91,449

90,950

0.441

91,450

92,449

91,950

0.439

92,450

93,449

92,950

0.437

93,450

94,449

93,950

0.435

94,450

95,449

94,950

0.433

95,450

96,449

95,950

0.432

96,450

97,449

96,950

0.430

97,450

98,449

97,950

0.428

98,450

99,449

98,950

0.427

99,450

99,999

99,725

0.426

100,000

100,000+

100,000

0.425

Formula for Calculating Allowances

1. Select the salary range in which your annual salary falls.

2. Take the Midpoint/Nominal salary and multiply by the adjoining adjustment.

3. Take the product and multiply by the Post Index, e.g. 130, then divide by 100.

4. Subtract the product of #2 from the result, and you will have your annual Post Living Allowance.

5.   In accordance with the methodology agreed to in the National Joint Council Committee on Foreign Service Directives, the maximum midpoint/nominal salary is $100,000 for the purpose of determining Post Living Allowance.

Example 1

Example 2

Enquiries

Requests for more information or clarification should be addressed to departmental designated officials.

Designated departmental officials may contact either:

Cynthia Nash
Senior Policy Analyst
Excluded Groups and Administrative Policies
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Telephone (613)946-3714
Fax (613)952-3002
Cynthia.Nash@tbs-sct.gc.ca

Kimberley Gowing
Policy Analyst
Excluded Groups and Administrative Policies
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Telephone (613)952-3256
Fax (613)952-3002
Kim.Gowing@tbs-sct.gc.ca