Lateral Transfer

A lateral transfer moves an employee to another position that has the same maximum salary range as their current base position. A lateral transfer for excluded management positions is a movement from one position to another position within the same band and implies the same level of work will be performed at the same salary. A competition is not required for a lateral transfer.

General information

  • Lateral transfers can be carried out within a ministry or across ministries, and can be either employer- or employee-initiated
  • Lateral transfers occur only with the joint agreement of both the "sending" and "receiving" organizations
  • Lateral transfers may also be temporary, with a defined start and end date. Contact AskMyHR if you are considering a temporary lateral transfer
  • A promotional temporary appointment does not qualify the employee to laterally transfer positions with the promotional salary range

Some Ministries have an internal Lateral Transfer Policy that outlines their specific processes (steps), criteria, eligibility, expectations, etc.  Check within your ministry to see if such a policy exists.

To fill a position through a lateral transfer

  1. Locate a qualified employee for the opportunity at the same current base position
  2. Seek the appropriate authority to make an offer
  3. Complete past work performance checks and negotiate a start date with the employee's supervisor
  4. Consult with AskMyHR on the preparation of the appropriate lateral transfer offer letter

Lateral Transfers can be used by ministries as part of a managed staffing strategy. Provisions related to lateral transfers are outlined in collective agreements.