This is the first time that the KRPF has successfully
negotiated a collective agreement with its police officers that applies for
more than two years.
The long-term agreement is retroactive to January 1, 2018
and will apply until December 31, 2022.
It is considered a major boost helping the KRPF fill
existing vacancies as well as the new positions at a time when the province is
facing a shortage of police officers. The five-year agreement was made possible
because of funding agreements that are applicable through to March 2023.
The agreement in principle reached last June was the
result of two years of negotiations. The texts were finalised by union and
management representatives and ratified by union members on November 13 and 14 when 85-per cent voted in favour of
The new agreement highlights several major changes
-An obligation for employees who do not complete 3 years
of service with the KRPF to reimburse financial incentives paid to them such as
tuition or training fees.
-Yearly seniority premiums for employees having completed
more than seven years of service.
-Changes to the hours banked by an employee will allow for
more time off and facilitate their replacement.
-Allowing for unpaid leave of absence.
-Readjustment to salary scales favouring longstanding
employees rather than newly hired employees in order to increase employee retention.
Salaries will be increased by 2-per cent each year on
“The KRPF is satisfied with this agreement,” said KRPF
police chief Jean-Pierre Larose. “We are hopeful that these changes will allow
the KRPF to fill currently vacant positions and attract and retain competent
and motivated long term employees.