Dear Members:

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) is the federal bargaining agent representing all CO employees in different federal departments and agencies.

In recent years, CO members have reported a growing number of issues related to relativity between CO and EC groups. Members have identified significant similarities between CO and EC communities with regard to work activities and staffing education requirements. However, despite these similarities, both groups have had a growing pay differential over the past few years. In fact, EC positions are currently paid higher than equivalent CO positions.

In the next bargaining round, PIPSC will be advocating to narrow the pay gap between CO and EC groups. To prepare strong bargaining arguments in support of the proposal, PIPSC is conducting a short survey targeting the CO community. This survey will provide the AV bargaining team with relevant information about work similarities and qualification profile of both groups in order to build a solid pay parity bargaining proposal.

Your participation is essential to help us address the current pay gap between CO and EC communities in the next bargaining round.


Please answer as many questions as you can and feel free to use the “Comments Section” at the end of this survey to provide additional relevant information related to CO/EC relativity issue in the federal core public administration.

All individual responses will be treated anonymously and in strict confidentiality by PIPSC analysts.

Deadline for completion of the survey is October 17, 2017

The link will be sent to you via email.

Should you have questions or comments, please contact:

Ryan Campbell, Research Officer
Tel: 613-228 6310 ext.: 4732