The National Joint Council (NJC) is pleased to announce that the consultations led by the NJC-Government Travel Committee (GTC) over a two-year period have resulted in a new NJC Travel Directive. The NJC-GTC is composed of representatives from Federal Public Service bargaining agents, the employer and departments.

In May 2002, an advanced copy of the new NJC Travel Directive was released to enable users to consult early the redesigned Travel Directive. Following minor adjustments, the new Travel Directive is now being officially released for implementation effective October 1, 2002. For ease of reference we are summarizing below the main features of the new Travel Directive.

The new NJC Travel Directive contributes to the ongoing efforts to modernize and streamline all government travel policies and processes within the Federal Public Service. The new directive respects the professionalism of employees, ensures responsible management of public funds, and takes into account modern practices within the travel industry

Trust, flexibility, respect, valuing people, transparency and modern travel practices are the cornerstone principles of the new directive.

Emphasis is put on the importance of close consultation between employees and managers in planning and determining travel arrangements that best accommodate their respective needs.


The new NJC Travel Directive will be effective on October 1st, 2002. The Directive was published in May 2002 to allow all players to become familiar with and adapt to the changes.

The short-term improvements introduced in July 2000 will be replaced by the new directive.


The new directive is completely overhauled. It is user-friendly, simplified and easier to use and understand. Highlights of the major changes are regrouped as follows:

Structure of the new directive

Travel provisions vary according to travel situations. The new directive is presented in a way to accommodate this requirement. It is structured in Travel Modules under which can be found all pertinent travel provisions. The four Travel Modules are:

· Module 1

Travel within HQ – No overnight stay

Travel outside HQ – No overnight stay

Travel in Canada and Continental USA – Overnight stay

International travel – Overnight stay


Travel Advances / Travel cards


Rest periods

Meals and Incidentals


Dependant Care Allowance


Weekend Travel Home

Workplace Change

Extended periods in travel status


In the Fall 2002, training sessions on the use of the new directive will be offered by Training and Development Canada (TDC). One-day sessions will be given in a number of locations across Canada to groups of 20 to 25 participants. Training information is available on the Public Service Commission (PSC) Web site:


More information is provided in the attached documents:

The new directive is available on the NJC Web site:


The NJC Executive Committee would like to acknowledge and thank the bargaining agent side and the employer side members of the NJC Government Travel Committee for their commitment and their outstanding work involved in the review of one of the most widely used directive in the Federal Public Service. We would also like to thank members of other NJC committees, departmental representatives and bargaining agent representatives who were consulted in the process of the review.

The success of the new NJC Travel Directive is now in every user's hands. We invite you to become familiar with the new directive and to apply it for your government travel needs.


Module 1
in HQ
No overnight

Module 2
Outside HQ
No overnight

Module 3
Cda and USA -

Module 4



. Private = $50 a day
. Up to 30 days = Hotel room
. More than 30 days = Corporate residence/Apt hotel

Additional business expenses

Expenses not otherwise covered

. Expenses not otherwise covered
. Phone calls when schedules are altered
. Passports, inoculations, vaccinations

Bottled water

Included in Incidentals

. With receipts
. Reasonable quantities

Currency exchange


. With receipt – actual rate
. Without receipt – average Bank of Canada rate

Dependant care


. Children under the age of 18
. Persons with disabilities residing full-time with employee
. up to $75 daily with receipt or to $35 with declaration

Home communication

Included in Incidentals

Equivalent of one ten-minute call over 3 days

Incidental expense allowance


. As per
Appendix C
. 75% after 30

. As per
Appendix D
. 75% after 30 days


Part II and Appendix A


. When work
through normal
meal hours
. With receipt

As per
Appendix C

. As per
Appendix C
. 75% after 30 days

. As per
Appendix D
. 75% after 30 days

Rest periods


. After 9 consecutive hours travel time
. Travel time includes time spent travelling to and from carrier


Private vehicle = Single km rate as per Appendix B

Taxis with receipts

Taxis up to $10 = without receipts

Taxis with receipts


. Rental cars = Mid size
. Rail = Higher class after Economy


Air = Economy Class

Air = Business Class if more than 9 hours air time

Weekend travel home


Every 3rd weekend

7 wks = 1 trip
12 wks – 2 trips
17 wks = 3 trips
22 wks = 4 trips

Weekend travel


Every weekend in alternate location

dependant travel instead of employee every 3rd weekend

dependant travel instead of employee as per table above



Existing Directive

Short-term improvements
(July 2000)

New Directive
(October 1st, 2002)


Area surrounding the workplace having a radius of 16 kms, centred on the workplace.

No change

Spans an area of 16 kms from the assigned workplace using the most direct, safe and practical road.


The location at or from which an employee ordinarily performs the duties of his or her position and, in the case of an employee whose duties are of an itinerant nature, the actual building to which the employee returns to prepare and/or submit reports, etc., and where other administrative matters pertaining to the employee'' employment are conducted.

No change

Permanent/regular workplace:
The single permanent location determined by the employer at or from which an employee ordinarily performs the work of his or her position or reports to.

Temporary workplace:
The single location where an employee is temporarily assigned to perform the work of his or her position or reports to within the headquarters area.


Within HQ area:
Kilometric rate paid for the distance between the home and the point of call, or the workplace and the point of call, whichever is less.

Outside HQ area:
Up to 2 months – travel status
2 to 4 months – extended travel status
More than 4 months- short-relocation

No change

When an employee is assigned from a permanent workplace to a temporary workplace for a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive calendar days, the provisions of this directive shall apply.

When an employee is assigned from a permanent workplace to a temporary workplace, for a period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or more, the provisions of this directive shall apply unless the employee is notified, in writing, thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the change in workplace.

In situations where the employee is not notified of a change of workplace in writing, the provisions of the directive shall apply for the duration of the workplace change up to a maximum of sixty (60) calendar days.

When conditions under workplace change are not met, transportation shall be provided to the temporary workplace or the kilometric rate paid for the distance between the temporary workplace, whichever is less.


It is the prerogative of the employer to determine whether, when, where, by whom and by what means travel will be undertaken and to select the mode and class of transportation and the accommodation to be used, subject to the provisions of this directive.

No change

The employer has the responsibility to authorize and determine when business travel is necessary, and to ensure that all travel arrangements are consistent with the provisions of this Directive. Following consultation between the employer and the employee, the determination of travel arrangements shall best accommodate the employee's needs and interests and the employer's operational requirements.


Employees shall neither collect, be entitled to, nor use frequent flyer points earned as a result of government business travel for personal or official purposes.

Improvement approved by TBS in May 2001

Provided that there are no additional costs to the Crown, employees travelling on government business can join loyalty programs and retain benefits offered by the travel industry for business or personal use.

Same as in May 2001


Travel advances should not be issued for services that can be purchased using Individual Travel Cards.

No change

When an employee chooses not to obtain and use an individual designated travel card, provision of an advance shall be discussed between the employee and the employer. In such cases, travel advances shall not be unreasonably denied.


Commercial accommodation shall be selected from the white listings of the Hotel Directory for Government Employees, except under the circumstances described in 3.1.5 to 3.1.8.

No change.

Government hotel directories shall serve as a guide for the cost, location and selection of accommodation.

Corporate residences will be available, in certain locations, as an option for accommodation for extended periods of travel.


$13.50 a day

$50 a day

Same as in July 2000


Employee has to have sole responsibility and be on travel overnight

Eligible children = under 16 and residing with employee

$10 a night when left in care of friend or relative
$15 a night – nannies/housekeepers
$30 a night – individuals who do not reside with employee
$55 a night – company/business

Single-parent families or two parents-family if both are employees of the PS and both on travel overnight for the Government at the same time or same-day out-of-town travel and arrival home exceeds normal arrival time home

Eligible children = under 16 and residing with employee

$75 a day with receipt or declaration

The employee who is required to travel on government business shall be reimbursed actual and reasonable dependant care expenses up to a daily maximum of $35 Canadian, per household, with a declaration, or to a daily maximum of $75 Canadian, per household, with a receipt when:

(a) the employee is the sole caregiver of a dependant who resides full-time with theemployee, is under 18 years of age or has a mental or physical disability, or

(b) two federal employees living in the same household are the sole caregivers of a dependant who resides full-time with the employee, is under 18 years of age or has a mental or physical disability and both employees are required to travel on government business at the same time.

Dependant care allowance shall apply only for expenses that are incurred as a result of travelling and are additional to expenses the employee would incur when not travelling.


One ten-minute phone call home for each contiguous 5 days on travel

Included in Incidentals.

Same as in July 2000.


One ten-minute phone call home at reduced evening rates for each contiguous 5 days on travel

No change

Equivalent of one ten-minute phone call home for each period of 3 consecutive days.


$6 a day

Increased to $11.50 a day to include phone calls home and bottled water.

Increased to $17.30 a day to include "custodial" type of expenses.


Commercial Accommodation:
25% of 3 meals
31.25% of lunch and dinner

Private Accommodation:
15% of 3 meals
18.75% of lunch and dinner


Commercial and institutional accommodation:
32% of 3 meals
40% of lunch and dinner

Private Accommodation:
20% of 3 meals
25% of lunch and dinner


When required to attend full-day conferences, seminars, meetings or hearing and where meals are an integral part of the proceedings …

With receipt.

No change

Reimbursable up to the limit applicable in Appendix C and if required to work through normal meal hours.

With receipt.


20% reduction of meal allowance

Elimination of the 20% reduction

Same as in July 2000.


Up to 2 months:
Hotel Room
Full meal allowance
Full incidentals

2 to 4 months:
Self-contained accommodation
Full meal allowance
No incidentals

More than 4 months:
Short-term Relocation
65% of dinner rate if dependants at home
No incidentals

No change

Up to 30 consecutive calendar days at same location:

  • Hotel Room
  • Full meal allowance
  • Full incidentals

Starting on the 31st consecutive calendar day at same location, and if available:

  • Corporate residence
  • Apartment
  • Private accommodation
  • 75% of meal and incidental allowance


Applicable to Canada, USA & International travel
Continuous air time of 12 hours.

No change

Applicable to International travel only. Continuous air time of 9 hours.


To alleviate fatigue caused by rapid time-zone changes or overnight travel, a suitable rest period will be arranged between the time the employee arrives at the destination and the time the employee is required to report to work.

Continuous travel time is considered to begin at the scheduled departure time of the first flight of a journey and end at the earlier of: (a) arrival at the destination; (b) the beginning of an overnight stop; or (c) the scheduled arrival time of the first inter-connecting flight(s) within the airline's minimum connecting time rules.

No change

Unless mutually agreed otherwise, itineraries shall be arranged to provide for (a) a suitable rest period, and/or (b) an overnight stop after travel time of at least nine consecutive hours.

Travel time is the time spent in any mode of transportation en-route to destination and/or waiting for immediate connections. This includes the time spent travelling to and from a carrier/terminal.

A suitable rest period shall not be unreasonably denied.



No change

A suitable rest period for employees who are employed as Escort Officers shall be 16 hours for travel time between 8 to 24 hours; for travel time greater than 24 hours, a suitable rest period shall be 24 hours.


Two km rates:
Employer requested rate (Higher rate)
Traveller requested rate
(Lower rate)

No change

A single km rate (Higher rate)


In HQ:
Taxi "chits".

To and from the carrier's terminal:
Taxi "chits" shall not be used. Taxi fares shall be paid in cash.

Overnight travel status:
Receipts only required to justify taxi fares in excess of $8.

No change

In HQ:
Actual expenses reimbursed, based on receipts.

Canada and USA:
Receipts are only required to justify taxi fares in excess of $10.

Actual expenses reimbursed, based on receipts.


Coach class for 4 hours or less.
Higher standard permitted for overnight travel.

Via 1 when cost-effective to air or car travel.

The standard for rail travel is the next higher class after full economy class.


Compact-sized vehicles shall be rented.
Mid-sized or full-sized vehicles may be authorized when the numbers of passengers or the bulk or weight of goods to be transported warrants a larger vehicle.

Managerial discretion to authorize appropriate size of rented vehicle is enhanced.

The standard for rental vehicles is mid size.



Spousal/dependant to travel instead of employee – Canada only

Same as July 2000 but extended to International Travel