FAQ: Royal Canadian Mint tentative agreement and ratification vote 

How do I register and vote on the tentative agreement?

PSAC will be holding mandatory, in-person information sessions and votes.  Advanced registration is not required to participate. 
Following each information session, you will be able to vote and/or ask any questions of the bargaining team. 
Read the ratification kit for full details on the tentative agreement. 

Who is eligible to vote? 

Only PSAC members in good standing are eligible to vote in the ratification process. Members who are not yet in good standing will be given an opportunity to sign a membership card at the meeting. 

Will there be an opportunity to ask questions after the mandatory information session? 

Yes, bargaining team members will be available during the information session to answer members’ questions. 

What if I require an accommodation?  

If you require an accommodation to participate fully in the information sessions (such as ASL interpretation), please contact your PSAC regional office as soon as possible. 

Are online information sessions available?  

No, the voting will only be held in person. 

What wage increases were negotiated? 

Your bargaining team negotiated wage increases totaling 12.6%, compounded over the life of the agreement (retroactive from January 1, 2022, to January 1, 2025). 
In addition, your bargaining team also negotiated a one-time lump sum payment of $2,500 for every member at the time of signing the agreement and a shift premium increase, from $2 per hour to $2.25 per hour, effective upon ratification. 
Read the ratification kit for full details on the tentative agreement. 

When will the new contract come into effect?  

A majority of voting members participating in the ratification must vote in favour of the agreement for it to be ratified. If a majority of members who have voted “yes” in the ratification vote, PSAC will meet with the employer to sign the new collective agreement. 
Non-monetary items become effective upon ratification of the agreement. 

Who will get retroactive pay for the negotiated economic increases?   

The annual economic increases included in the new collective agreement are retroactive to the date the former collective agreement expired on December 31, 2021. Members who are on strength at the time of ratification, members who have retired since the expiration of the last collective agreement, and members who are laid off with recall rights are eligible for retroactive pay. 

Will retroactive pay be taxable?   

Yes, retroactive pay is subject to taxes.   

Who will get the lump sum payment? 

As part of your economic package for this tentative agreement, a one-time, non-pensionable, lump sum payment of $2,500 will be paid to each employee who is a member of the bargaining unit at the time the new agreement is signed. Additionally, the one-time lump sum is to be paid to employees on Leave Without Pay (LWOP). Part-time employees working more than 1/3 of full-time hours will receive the full lump sum. The employer has 180 days after the date of signing to issue the lump sum payment. 
The payment will be based on the substantive position occupied by the employee on the date that the collective agreement is signed. 
As such, an employee who is on an acting assignment outside the bargaining unit but whose substantive position is in the bargaining unit will receive the lump sum. 
The lump sum does not apply to:

  • An employee who is on an acting assignment in the bargaining unit but whose substantive position is outside the bargaining unit;
  • Excluded employees who are eligible to receive performance pay;
  • Non-unionized employees who are eligible to receive performance pay;
  • Casual employees, students, term employees (less than 3 months), and part-time employees (working less than 1/3 of full-time hours) 
If I retired recently or left the bargaining unit, will I get the lump sum payment?  

Unfortunately, no. The lump sum payment is only given to members of the unit who are employed in the bargaining unit when the agreement is signed.   

Can I participate in the ratification vote if I’m on an acting assignment in a different bargaining unit?   

If you are on an acting assignment that falls outside the Royal Canadian Mint bargaining unit, you are not eligible to participate in the ratification vote.  

I still have more questions about voting. Who can I contact?   

Contact a PSAC representative at your nearest PSAC regional office


September 15, 2023