Treasury Board Secretariat has revised its interpretation regarding the recognition of prior student employment for the purpose of calculating vacation leave entitlements.

Any periods of continuous or discontinuous service as a student within the public service shall count towards the calculation of vacation leave entitlement when an individual becomes subject to vacation leave provisions of the relevant collective agreement. For example, were you a member of the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)? Those periods of time could be considered as service for the purposes of vacation leave.

Vacation leave credits will only be adjusted effective April 1, 2013, as required. No adjustments will be made for prior fiscal years.

Employees themselves are responsible for bringing any prior service to the attention of their pay compensation advisors at the department. If you have not already done so please contact them as soon as possible.

If you have any related questions please contact an ACFO labour relations advisor at 613-728-0695 or