Fact Sheet—Statistical Survey Operations Pay Equity Settlement May 13, 2016

On May 13, 2016, the Government of Canada announced the settlement of a human rights complaint affecting up to 25,000 employees who worked at Statistical Survey Operations (SSO) from March 8, 1985 to November 30, 2013.

Statistics Canada is committed to gender equality and to the implementation of this settlement. The agency will make every effort to reach current and former SSO employees who may be eligible for retroactive pay under the agreement.

If you would like to know more about the details of the Pay Equity Settlement, please consult the Questions and answers.

Notice

August 7, 2018 – Update on Additional Payment

We are pleased to inform all of our valued interviewing staff that through our collaborative efforts, we have arrived at an agreement on the inclusion of paid leave as part of the calculation of payments for the pay equity settlement.

As a result, those current and former employees covered by the Settlement Agreement will receive an additional payment in this manner:

  • Eight percent (8%) to SSO employees covered by the Agreement who stopped work any time up to and including March 31, 2000
  • Ten percent (10%) to SSO employees covered by the Agreement who stopped work on April 1, 2000 or later

We are processing payments as quickly as possible. Please note that you do not have to re-apply to receive this additional payment.

We would also like to acknowledge the collaborative efforts of the Public Service Alliance of Canada as well as Arbitrator Joy Noonan in assisting us in arriving at this positive outcome for our employees.

Statistics Canada is committed to gender equality and fair wages and is appreciative of the efforts of our employees.

For more details on how the payment is calculated, please refer to Questions 18, 19 and 20 in the Questions and Answers section.

January 2, 2018 - Update on payments

For those former employees of Statistical Survey Operations that submitted their completed package prior to November 2017, Statistics Canada has commenced issuing payments. For all those that have submitted completed packages as of November 2017, payments are planned to commence in January 2018.

If you believe you are eligible for payment, please send an e-mail to the following mailbox or a letter to the following address, indicating that you are a former employee of Statistical Survey Operations and believe you are eligible for payment. You will then receive an information package containing the forms to apply.

Email:
statcan.ssopayequityoesequitesalariale.statcan@statcan.gc.ca

Mail:
Statistics Canada
2550 Victoria Park Avenue 2nd Floor
Toronto ON M2J 5A9
Attn: SSO Pay Equity Unit

If you have already forwarded the necessary forms, please note that we will contact you if we require further information. If you received the auto response from our dedicated mailbox, it means we have received your forms. Given the volume of requests it is not possible at this time to send individual confirmation e-mails.

December 14, 2017

Further to the October 26, 2017 notice, Statistics Canada is working with the Public Service Alliance of Canada to select an independent third party to review this matter, in accordance with the dispute resolution mechanism outlined in the settlement agreement.

Throughout this process, the agency is continuing to implement the terms of the Statistical Survey Operations Pay Equity Settlement.

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact SSO Pay Equity / OES Équité salariale.

October 26, 2017

Over the summer, questions were raised around payment calculations of the pay equity settlement, as they are based on the number of hours worked and do not include paid leave, overtime rates, and designated paid holidays.

Statistics Canada and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) worked collaboratively to address this issue and despite active steps to resolve this matter, to date we have been unable to reach an agreement.

In the meantime, the agency continues to implement the terms of the Statistical Survey Operations Pay Equity Settlement.

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact SSO Pay Equity / OES Équité salariale.

September 6, 2017

Concerns have been raised over pay equity settlement payment calculations that were based on the number of hours worked and do not include paid leave, overtime rates, and designated paid holidays.

Given that this issue affects the general implementation of the settlement between Statistical Survey Operations and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the parties continue to work together to resolve this issue in a manner that will apply to all eligible employees.

As discussions are underway, employees do not need to raise this matter through the Dispute Resolution Process. Those who believe that there may be an error in their payment unrelated to this issue should submit an appeal in writing to Statistical Survey Operations.

In the meantime, Statistics Canada will continue to gather information and process the payments. Rest assured, once a decision has been reached, we will communicate the outcome to all those affected.

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact SSO Pay Equity / OES Équité salariale.

August 11, 2017

Questions have recently been raised over Statistics Canada's method of calculating settlement payments, which is based on hours worked and excludes paid leave, overtime rates, designated paid holidays and some other forms of compensation.

Given that these questions affect the general implementation of the settlement between Statistical Survey Operations and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the agency is working together with the Public Service Alliance of Canada to resolve this matter. Once a decision has been reached, Statistics Canada will communicate the outcome to all those affected.

In the meantime, the agency will continue to implement the terms of the Statistical Survey Operations Pay Equity Settlement in an efficient, fair and transparent manner

If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact SSO Pay Equity / OES Équité salariale.

Settlement highlights

  • On April 8, 2016, Statistics Canada (on behalf of the SSO), Treasury Board Secretariat (on behalf of the Treasury Board of Canada) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada reached an agreement to settle a long-standing issue involving employees of SSO.
  • The agreement covers interviewers and senior interviewers who worked at Statistics Canada from March 8, 1985 to November 5, 1987 and interviewers and senior interviewers who worked at SSO from November 6, 1987 to November 30, 2013.
  • Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 current and former employees are entitled to receive payments, with an average gross payment of between $1,500 and $2,000.
  • Statistics Canada is establishing a dedicated team to administer the settlement. To help locate and identify eligible employees, administrative records will be reviewed. As well, the agency will use internal communication channels, mail outs, newsletters, online channels and traditional media outlets to inform current and former employees of the settlement.
  • Statistics Canada will use detailed employment records to identify eligible employees who joined SSO after January 1, 1993. These employees will be contacted by the agency.
  • Employees who worked as interviewers from March 8, 1985 to December 31, 1992 are asked to contact the agency to determine their eligibility to make a claim.
  • Payments to eligible employees should begin early in 2017. Given the large number of claims involved, it could take up to three years to identify, contact, process and pay all eligible claimants.
  • Payments will be pro-rated, based on the number of hours worked by the eligible employee.
  • Statistics Canada is committed to implementing the terms of the settlement in an efficient and transparent manner and to making its best effort to inform all potential claimants.
  • Statistics Canada and the Government of Canada are committed to gender equality in employment and ensuring that employees receive appropriate compensation for their work.

If you have any questions contact SSO Pay Equity / OES Équité salariale.