Patent examiner recruitment — Compensation and benefit plans

This information is intended to provide potential employees with a general overview of compensation and benefits available to most federal government employees. Information may be subject to change and should be verified as of date of employment.

Pay entitlements

Rates of pay and hours of work

Your rate of pay is specified in the applicable collective agreement. You are required to work the hours specified in the collective agreement of the SG-PAT group, normally 37.5 hours each week.

For more information, please refer to the annual rates of pay for patent examiners.

Bilingual bonus

If you are appointed to a position in which you are required to use both official languages, and you meet the language requirements of the position, you will be entitled to receive a bilingual bonus in the amount of $800 per year.

Your pay cheque

Each regular pay covers a fourteen-day calendar period. Pay day is every second Wednesday. Direct deposit is mandatory and provides for the automatic deposit of regular pay to the account of your choice in any bank or financial institution in Canada.


Generous insurance, pension plan, dental and health care plans

Holidays and leave

Statutory holidays

Refer to the collective agreement for specific circumstances but generally, if you are a full-time employee, you are granted leave with pay for the following eleven designated paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Victoria Day
  • Canada Day
  • Provincial/civic holiday (depends on province of work)
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

If a designated paid holiday coincides with a day of rest, the holiday will be moved to the first normal workday following the day of rest.

Vacation leave

You earn annual leave credits for vacation at a rate specified in your collective agreement or compensation plan.

Generally, as a new government employee, you would earn annual leave credits in the amount of 1.25 days per month, which corresponds to three weeks vacation per year. The present collective agreement provides for earning four weeks vacation after eight years, five weeks vacation after eighteen years, and six weeks vacation after twenty-nine years.

Sick leave

Sick leave is accumulated at a rate specified in your collective agreement or compensation plan, usually 1.25 days per month or three weeks per year. Any unused portion is carried forward.

Bereavement leave

Leave with pay is granted in the event of the death of an immediate family member. There are also provisions for leave in the event of a death in your extended family.

Leave for family-related responsibilities

Leave with pay may be granted for an illness in the family, medical or dental appointments, to attend an appointment with school authorities, birth or adoption of a child and for the purposes of getting married, up to a maximum of five days each fiscal year.

Other types of leave

Leave with or without pay may be granted for the following reasons:

  • Court attendance
  • Union activities
  • Education
  • Care and nurturing of preschool-age children
  • Relocation of spouse
  • Maternity/parental
  • Injury on duty
  • Examination
  • Long-term care of a parent
  • Personnel selection
  • Personal needs
  • Personal leave
  • Volunteer leave

Pay deductions

Mandatory deductions

Income tax

You are required to pay income tax based on your anticipated taxable income and your work province’s or territory’s tax rate. Your income tax return, however, is based on the province in which you reside so you may wish to have additional tax deducted each pay period to avoid paying a large sum when you file your tax return.

Employment insurance

The Employment Insurance Act requires you to contribute a percentage of your insurable earnings — up to a predetermined maximum amount. As your employer, we also make a contribution on your behalf. Insurable earnings include overtime and certain pay supplements.

Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan

If you are 18 years of age or over, you are required to pay into either of these plans — up to a predetermined yearly maximum — providing you earn more than the yearly basic exemption. The government, as your employer, matches your contribution. Both plans include a retirement pension, a disability pension, benefits for dependent children of disabled pensioners, pensions for surviving spouses, orphan benefits, and lump sum death benefits.

Union dues

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) Applied Science of Engineering group (SG-PAT) will represent the employees who will be hired through this campaign.

If you belong to a religion whose doctrine prevents you from joining unions, you must make an equal contribution to a charity of your choice.

Voluntary deductions

  • Canada or provincial savings bonds
  • Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

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