Seventeen communities added to Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive

The Isolated Posts and Government Housing Committee of the National Joint Council (NJC) has finalized the revised methodology for calculating the Shelter Cost Differential (SCD). This is an important step forward for many PSAC members, as it extends the Directive to 17 new isolated communities.  

The government now uses Statistics Canada data to calculate more accurately market rates for isolated posts. As a result of the updated calculation method, some PSAC members may see their SCD adjusted. 

The changes take effect on August 1, 2023. 

For more information, read the National Joint Council announcement and FAQ

About the Directive 

The purpose of the Isolated Posts and Government Housing Directive is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of staff delivering government programs in isolated locations. Its provisions, which offset the high cost of housing, reflect the challenges of living and working in these regions. 

The Directive is the product of work done by participating bargaining agents, including PSAC, and federal employers who are members of the National Joint Council. 


July 4, 2023