FAQ: CFIA Collective Agreement

Where can I find out what we’ve negotiated in the new collective agreement?

The ratification kit, including the full text of the tentative settlement, is posted on the CFIA landing page.

Why did we negotiate a three-year contract instead of a four-year deal like other unions?

A three-year agreement will allow PSAC, as the largest bargaining agent, to set the pace of negotiations in the next round.

How much of a delay can we expect before our new collective agreement is implemented?

The CFIA has 180 days from the date of signing the new collective agreement to:

- raise the pay according to the new rates

- provide retro pay for the time elapsed since the expiry of the old contracts and

- pay $500 as a penalty for extended implementation timelines

If the employer fails to provide retro pay within the 180-day deadline they will face additional financial penalties. Upon that failure, employees will be awarded $50 on day 181 and again every 90 days. This is in addition to the $500 listed above.

Will retroactive pay be taxable?

Yes, retroactive pay is subject to taxes.

Who is eligible to receive the $250 one-time lump sum payment? 

The $250 one-time lump sum payment is intended for PSAC members who are working in slaughterhouse facilities, as of the date of signing of the collective agreement, at the EG-02, EG-03 or EG-05 occupational group and level. 

Do I get the $250 one-time payment if I am on an assignment in a slaughterhouse facility? 

No, the $250 one-time lump sum payment is only given to employees who are working, as of the date of signing of the collective agreement, in a slaughterhouse facility.

Is the $250 one-time lump sum allowance given for being a frontline worker during the COVID-19 Pandemic? 

No, the allowance has nothing to do with extra pay for front line workers during the pandemic. This one-time $250 payment was given in recognition of the union’s withdrawal (in this round only) of our demand for a Meat Hygiene Allowance.

Why is there a proposal to harmonize FI pay scales?

Currently, increments between the steps on the FI pay scale range from 8% down to 1%. Effective January 1, 2021, following harmonization, increments will be between 4.7% and 6.9% for the FI-01 and FI-02 levels, and between 4.1% and 5.5% for the FI-03 and FI-04 levels. This will make the salary increases associated with advancement through the steps more predictable and fairer.

Will FI salaries and/or step levels drop due to the harmonization of the grid?

No, FIs will be placed at the step in the new grid that is closest to but not less than their current rate of pay.

Example 1: Chandra is an FI-02 on Step 3 with a salary of $79,235. Effective January 1, 2021, after the pay grid harmonization she will be placed at Step 4 ($82,177), the step closest to but not lower than her current rate of pay. The 1.35% General Economic Increase will be applied, and Chandra’s new salary is $83,286.



Step 3


Step 4





Effective January 1, 2021

Grid Harmonization



1.35% General Economic Increase



Example 2: Jean-Marie is an FI-04 on Step 7 with a salary of $130,172. Effective January 1, 2021, following harmonization, a catch-up increase of 1.35% will be applied to their salary. The 1.35% General Economic Increase will be applied, and Jean-Marie’s new salary is $132,127.



Step 7




Effective January 1, 2021

Grid Harmonization


0.15% Catch-up Increase


1.35% General Economic Increase


Why will FI-04 salaries increase by 0.15% effective January 1, 2021?

FI-04’s will receive a 0.15% salary increase to catch them up to their comparators in the public service.

I am currently on maternity leave or about to go on leave. Will I be able to take advantage of the improvements to maternity and parental leave right away?

The changes to maternity and parental leaves will take effect on the date of the signing of the collective agreement. Keep in mind that once you start receiving parental leave benefits, you cannot change the duration of your leave.

For more information on the new Parental Allowance, check out our most frequently asked questions on the topic.

Where can I get details on the Phoenix settlement?

Please refer to our FAQ on the Phoenix damages settlement.

When will members vote on this tentative agreement?

PSAC has organized ratification votes for all members at CFIA between October 5 and November 4. Find out more information regarding voting eligibility, how to register, and how to cast your ballots.



October 9, 2020