Message from provincial government on retirement allowances

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:45am

With the transition to the new Provincial Health Authority slated for April 1, questions have been posed about whether there will be changes coming to retirement allowances. In response to these questions government has offered the following clarification that we wish to share for your information:

The public sector is highly valued and those who work in the sector deserve to be fairly compensated for their work. 

The challenge facing Nova Scotia, however, is that wage and benefit patterns over the past number of years have outpaced what we can actually afford as a province.
The public service award or allowance that public and civil servants receive when they stop working, has been in place for many years.  As we make difficult choices, we will have to look closely at these awards but we will respect amounts that have been earned to date.
Changes that affect unionized staff will be tabled through the regular bargaining process.  The wage and benefit package for non-unionized or excluded staff typically mirrors unionized agreements.
We recognize that you will continue to have many questions throughout this transition and remain committed to sharing ongoing information and updates as this process unfolds. Please continue to direct questions to your manager or members of our human resources team.