Collective Agreement between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada regarding the Veterinary Medicine (VM) Group Bargaining Unit
Part A - General

Article A1 - Purpose of Agreement

A1.01 The purpose of this Agreement is to maintain harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships between the Employer, the employees and the Institute, to set forth certain terms and conditions of employment relating to remuneration, hours of work, employee benefits and general working conditions affecting employees covered by this Agreement.

A1.02 The parties to this Agreement share a desire to improve the quality of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to maintain professional standards and to promote the well-being and increased efficiency of its employees to the end that the people of Canada will be well and effectively served. Accordingly, the parties are determined to establish within the framework provided by law, an effective working relationship at all levels of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in which members of the bargaining units are employed.

Article A2 - Recognition

A2.01 The Employer recognizes the Institute as the exclusive bargaining agent for all employees described in the certificate issued by the Public Service Staff Relations Board on October 27, 1997 covering employees of the Veterinary Medicine (VM) Group in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

A2.02 The Employer recognizes that it is a proper function and a right of the Institute to bargain with a view to arriving at a Collective Agreement and the Employer and the Institute agree to bargain in good faith, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

Article A3 - Application

A3.01 The provisions of this Agreement apply to the Institute, employees and the Employer.

A3.02 In this Agreement, words importing the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender.

Article A4 - Management Rights

A4.01 All the functions, rights, powers and authority which the Employer has not specifically abridged, delegated or modified by this Agreement are recognized by the Institute as being retained by the Employer.

Article A5 - Rights of Employees

A5.01 Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as an abridgement or restriction of an employee's constitutional rights or of any right expressly conferred in an Act of the Parliament of Canada.

Article A6 - Official Texts

A6.01 Both the English and French texts of this Agreement shall be official.

**Article A7 - Interpretations and Definitions

**A7.01 For the purpose of this Agreement:

  1. "bargaining unit" means the employees of the Employer as described in Article A2 - Recognition; (unité de négociation)
  2. "common-law partner" refers to a person living in a conjugal relationship with an employee for a continuous period of at least one (1) year; (conjoint de fait)
  3. **"compensatory leave" means leave with pay in lieu of cash payment for overtime, travelling time compensated at an overtime rate, call-back, standby and reporting pay; (congé compensatoire)
  4. "continuous employment" has the same meaning as specified in the Employer's Terms and Conditions of Employment on the date of signing of this agreement; (emploi continu)
  5. "daily rate of pay" means an employee's weekly rate of pay divided by five (5); (taux de rémunération journalier)
  6. "day of rest" in relation to an employee means a day, other than a designated paid holiday, on which that employee is not ordinarily required to perform the duties of his position other than by reason of his being on leave; (jour de repos)
  7. "designated paid holiday" means the twenty-four (24) hour period commencing at 00:01 hour of a day designated as a holiday in this Agreement; (jour férié désigné payé)
  8. "double time" means two (2) times the employee's hourly rate of pay; (tarif double)
  9. "employee" means a person so defined by the Public Service Labour Relations Act and who is a member of the bargaining unit; (employé)
  10. "Employer" means Her Majesty in right of Canada as represented by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and includes any person authorized to exercise the authority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; (Employeur)
  11. "headquarters area" has the same meaning as given to the expression in the Travel Directive; (region de lieu d'affectation)
  12. "hourly rate of pay" means a full-time employee's weekly rate of pay divided by thirty-seven decimal five (37.5); (taux de rémunération horaire)
  13. "Institute" means the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada; (Institut)
  14. "lay-off" means the termination of an employee's employment because of lack of work or because of the discontinuance of a function; (mise en disponibilité)
  15. "leave" means authorized absence from duty; (congé)
  16. "membership dues" means the dues established pursuant to the by-laws and regulations of the Institute as the dues payable by its members as a consequence of their membership in the Institute, and shall not include any initiation fee, insurance premium, or special levy; (cotisations syndicales)
  17. "overtime" means work required by the Employer to be performed by the employee in excess of the employee's daily hours of work; (heures supplémentaires)
  18. "spouse" will, when required, be interpreted to include "common-law partner" except, for the purposes of the Foreign Service Directives, the definition of "spouse" will remain as specified in Directive 2 of the Foreign Service Directives; (époux)
  19. "time and one-half" means one decimal five (1.5) times the employee's hourly rate of pay; (tarif et demi)
  20. "weekly rate of pay" means an employee's annual rate of pay divided by fifty-two decimal one seven six (52.176); (taux de rémunération hebdomadaire)

A7.02 Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, expressions used in this Agreement,

  1. if defined in the Public Service Labour Relations Act, have the same meaning as given to them in the Public Service Labour Relations Act, and
  2. if defined in the Interpretation Act, but not defined in the Public Service Labour Relations Act, have the same meaning as given to them in the Interpretation Act.

Article A8 - Publications and Authorship

A8.01 For the purpose of this article "Publication" shall include, for example, scientific and professional papers, articles, manuscripts, monographs, audio and visual products and computer software.

A8.02 The Employer agrees to continue the present practice of ensuring that employees have ready access to all publications considered necessary to their work by the Employer.

A8.03 The Employer agrees that publications prepared by an employee, within the scope of their employment, will be retained on appropriate Agency files for the normal life of such files. The Employer will not unreasonably withhold permission for publication. At the Employer's discretion, recognition of authorship will be given where practicable in Agency publications.

A8.04 When an employee acts as a sole or joint author or editor of a publication, the authorship or editorship shall normally be acknowledged on such publication.


  1. The Employer may suggest revisions to a publication and may withhold approval to publish.
  2. When approval for publication is withheld, the author(s) shall be so informed in writing of the reasons, if requested by the employee.
  3. Where the Employer wishes to make changes in a publication with which the author does not agree, the employee shall not be credited publicly if the employee so requests.
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