Disclosure of position reclassifications

On February 25, 2004, the government announced the mandatory publication of information concerning the reclassification of occupied positions in the Public Service of Canada.

The rules and principles governing the reclassification of occupied positions are outlined in the Guidelines on Reclassification. These guidelines provide Deputy Heads with a framework within which to exercise their delegated classification authority for the reclassification of existing positions. The information is updated every three months.

The following are some of the reasons why the duties of a position change resulting in a reclassification of the position:

  • Changes to departmental/program mandate;
  • Reorganization is required in response to external conditions that increase or decrease available resources;
  • Reorganization is required to make more efficient and effective use of financial and human resources;
  • Work is reassigned among their existing human resources to increase productivity;
  • Results from a classification grievance.

Reclassification of occupied positions in the Public Service of Canada is an important and necessary business management option. However, when contemplating changes to a position that may result in reclassification, management must endeavour to ensure the proper, effective and efficient use of public money. The cost implication associated with upward reclassification must be known, transparent and support accountability for classification decisions.

Please note that information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act is not included here.

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