A clarification on the Public Service Award payout Release

The Nova Scotia Public Service Commission mailed out their letter of offer regarding the Public Service Award (PSA) Payout.

We have been hearing concerns from members regarding the Release you are required to sign – that you may be signing away any ability to accrue a future PSA if the NSGEU is successful in getting it reinstated via the courts.

The statement in question is on page 4: “the Service Payout precludes any future Public Service Award from the Province of Nova Scotia with respect to service up to the discontinuance date of April 1, 2015.”

We have asked legal counsel to review this statement. Here is their opinion:

The Release only rules out further payments based on service UP TO the discontinuation date. If a constitutional challenge was successful and the accrual of the PSA resumed as a result, the Release would not affect payout of a future PSA based with respect to service AFTER the discontinuation date.

We have also confirmed our legal interpretation with the Public Service Commission.

Signing this Release will not affect payout of a future PSA with respect to service AFTER the discontinuation date of April 1, 2015, if the PSA is reinstated by the courts.

We hope this clears up any confusion regarding the release

6 Responses to A clarification on the Public Service Award payout Release

  1. John Mercer April 10, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    How do we find out the specific day our payout will be received?

    • Deedee Slye May 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      So – You should contact the employer. They have a really good webpage:
      It says: “If you still have questions
      Send your questions about your eligible service, payment or the process in general to the Service Payout Inquiries email at Include your employee identification number and phone number in your email.

      If Public Service Commission staff contact you by phone, they will ask for your employee identification number and the last three digits of your Social Insurance Number (SIN) to confirm your identity.”

  2. Balon Schwinkerly May 7, 2018 at 8:17 am #

    When will the amateur sports awards be announced?

    • Deedee Slye May 14, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      Hey there, the selection process has already happened and the winners were notified by mail. The winners will be posted on the website in the next week or so. Thank you!

  3. Karen October 19, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

    When did the letters go out?

    • Holly Fraughton November 5, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Hi Karen, the letters went out in the winter – around February or March, I believe!

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