Relocation

When you are required to move, either at your ministry’s request or because you’ve won a position in another location, you may have access to financial assistance for

  • Up to five days paid leave plus travel time to find your new home
  • The cost of travel expenses for you and your spouse on your initial house-hunting trip
  • Moving household goods and effects, mobile homes and vehicles
  • Incidental expenses on relocation
  • Real estate and legal fees

If you request a transfer from one location to another, you are responsible to cover all travel and living expenses incurred. If you were requested to move, you may be eligible for financial assistance to relocate again upon retirement.

Relocation assistance is provided in accordance with Human Resources Policy 15 - Relocation and the contractual provisions and terms and conditions referred to in the policy. Refer to your respective collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment for information about reimbursements and allowances for moving.

If you have questions about the interpretation and application, contact AskMyHR. If you have financial questions, ask the hiring manager and/or ministry financial staff.

Once relocation is approved, Employee Household Relocation Services will

  • Provide information about the relocation process
  • Prepare an estimate for relocating household goods
  • Manage the move
  • Intercede with the moving firm on your behalf if there are difficulties
  • Perform a quality of service follow-up when the move is complete

For hiring managers dealing with relocation, see the sidebar for how to complete the Employee Move Authorization (PDF, 311KB) and next steps. 

Hiring managers also need to make sure the employee completes the Relocation Assistance and/or Househunting Expense Report and Assignment of Wages Agreement (PDF, 97KB)

Employees requesting a transfer from one location to another are responsible to cover all travel and living expenses incurred. Employees who were requested to move to a new location may be eligible for financial assistance to relocate again upon retirement.

Refer to your respective collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment for information about reimbursements and allowances for moving.

Relocation for New to Government Employees

New government employees who need to move for their position are eligible for relocation assistance—typically a lump sum payment. Find out what this assistance means for new bargaining unit employees under Human Resources Policy 15 - Relocation, and new excluded employees under Terms and Conditions for Excluded Employees Schedule 05.

If you need help interpreting or applying the related provisions, contact AskMyHR. Direct your questions about the financial assistance to the hiring manager and/or ministry financial staff.

Relocation Allowance

If you receive relocation allowance as a new or existing employee and you leave your position within two years, you are required to repay the relocation costs on a pro-rata basis.

Relocation at Time of Retirement

Did a competition or your ministry relocate you to an isolated location? Provide more than six-months’ notice before retiring, and your employer will pay to move your household goods and effects.

Requirements:

  • You must have served at least three years in the isolated location
  • You must move to another community in the province within three months of the month in which you leave the public service

Relocating an Employee

Are you a manager who

  • Has hired a new employee who is relocating?
  • Is relocating an existing employee?
  • Is relocating a retiring employee?

Contact Employee Household Relocation Services. They manage the relocation of employee household goods anywhere within the province, across Canada or from any international location.

Find more information on employee relocation in the Core Policy and Procedures Manual. If you need help interpreting or applying the related provisions, contact AskMyHR. Direct your questions about the financial assistance to the hiring manager and/or ministry financial staff.