Multi-Year Economic Pay Increase Coming

A sweeping pay increase across the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will see many members taking home up to 3.5 per cent more in the coming weeks.

The multi-year Economic Increase, approved by the Treasury Board of Canada, will impact non-commissioned members, general service officers and pilots in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and below.

Additionally, medical and dental officers will also benefit from the pay increase.

Lump Sum Payments

“Members will receive their lump sum payments for the retroactive increases from April 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023, on their mid-Jul pay,” stated CANFORGEN 055/23, announcing the changes.

The pay increase is as follows:

  • Effective April 1, 2021, is a 1.5 per cent increase;
  • Effective April 1, 2022, is a 3.5 per cent increase;
  • Effective April 1, 2023, is a 3 per cent increase;
  • And effective April 1, 2024, is a 2 per cent increase.

Additional Non-Commissioned Pay Changes

Aside from the EI, the rates of pay for corporals to master warrant officers have been “adjusted in the Standard and Specialist 2 Trade Groups,” according to the CANFORGEN.

The pay change is meant to close the current gap between standard and Specialist 1 Pay of 13 per cent to 6 per cent to 10 to 5 per cent, effective April 1, 2023, stated the CANFORGEN.

“This in no way devalues the skills and competencies of the occupations assigned to the SPEC 1 Trade Group but aims to recognize the increased skills and competencies that are required in occupations that do not meet the threshold for assignment to Spec 1 and recognizes the additional skills required of those assigned to the Spec 2 Trade Group,” stated the CANFORGEN.

For more information, visit the DWAN here.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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