POLICY NOTICE 

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

In accordance with FSD 55.04, the PLA is 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 PLA is 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 for the previous calendar year ending December 31st.  For 2009 this figure is 2.37%.  The change is effective June 1, 2010.

This adjustment recognizes the change in cost of living between the years the income curve is updated by Statistics Canada. The PLA 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.

The table below reflects the Appendix to FSD 55 - Post Living Allowance effective June 1, 2010.

Salary range

Midpoint/ nominal salary

Adjustment

24,450

25,449

24,950

0.919

25,450

26,449

25,950

0.895

26,450

27,449

26,950

0.871

27,450

28,449

27,950

0.850

28,450

29,449

28,950

0.830

29,450

30,449

29,950

0.812

30,450

31,449

30,950

0.794

31,450

32,449

31,950

0.778

32,450

33,449

32,950

0.763

33,450

34,449

33,950

0.748

34,450

35,449

34,950

0.735

35,450

36,449

35,950

0.722

36,450

37,449

36,950

0.709

37,450

38,449

37,950

0.698

38,450

39,449

38,950

0.687

39,450

40,449

39,950

0.677

40,450

41,449

40,950

0.667

41,450

42,449

41,950

0.658

42,450

43,449

42,950

0.649

43,450

44,449

43,950

0.641

44,450

45,449

44,950

0.633

45,450

46,449

45,950

0.624

46,450

47,449

46,950

0.617

47,450

48,449

47,950

0.610

48,450

49,449

48,950

0.603

49,450

50,449

49,950

0.597

50,450

51,449

50,950

0.590

51,450

52,449

51,950

0.584

52,450

53,449

52,950

0.578

53,450

54,449

53,950

0.572

54,450

55,449

54,950

0.567

55,450

56,449

55,950

0.562

56,450

57,449

56,950

0.557

57,450

58,449

57,950

0.552

58,450

59,449

58,950

0.548

59,450

60,449

59,950

0.543

60,450

61,449

60,950

0.538

61,450

62,449

61,950

0.534

62,450

63,449

62,950

0.530

63,450

64,449

63,950

0.526

64,450

65,449

64,950

0.522

65,450

66,449

65,950

0.518

66,450

67,449

66,950

0.515

67,450

68,449

67,950

0.511

68,450

69,449

68,950

0.508

69,450

70,449

69,950

0.505

70,450

71,449

70,950

0.501

71,450

72,449

71,950

0.498

72,450

73,449

72,950

0.494

73,450

74,449

73,950

0.491

74,450

75,449

74,950

0.489

75,450

76,449

75,950

0.486

76,450

77,449

76,950

0.483

77,450

78,449

77,950

0.481

78,450

79,449

78,950

0.478

79,450

80,449

79,950

0.476

80,450

81,449

80,950

0.473

81,450

82,449

81,950

0.471

82,450

83,449

82,950

0.468

83,450

84,449

83,950

0.466

84,450

85,449

84,950

0.464

85,450

86,449

85,950

0.462

86,450

87,449

86,950

0.460

87,450

88,449

87,950

0.458

88,450

89,449

88,950

0.456

89,450

90,449

89,950

0.453

90,450

91,449

90,950

0.451

91,450

92,449

91,950

0.449

92,450

93,449

92,950

0.447

93,450

94,449

93,950

0.445

94,450

95,449

94,950

0.443

95,450

96,449

95,950

0.442

96,450

97,449

96,950

0.440

97,450

98,449

97,950

0.438

98,450

99,449

98,950

0.437

99,450

99,999

99,725

0.436

100,000

100,000+

100,000

0.435

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 by 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 designated departmental officials.

Designated departmental officials may contact:

Lynda Cavan
Policy Analyst
Compensation and Labour Relations
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Telephone (613) 952-3256
Fax (613) 952-3002
Lynda.Cavan@tbs-sct.gc.ca