The federal government has updated its Phoenix general damages webpage with new timelines for current PSAC members and former and retired members:

  • PSAC members working for the federal public service who did not receive general damages as part of their March 3 pay can expect to receive the full lump-sum payment in September 2021.

  • Former and retired PSAC members will have access to the claims process for general damages in December 2021. The government will provide more details closer to the launch.

Regarding the Phoenix damages ruled taxable, PSAC reaffirms in its last article that they are not taxable, contrary to what the opinion issued by the Canada Revenue Agency. To ensure a prompt resolution of this dispute impacting thousands of members, PSAC has proposed to CRA that both parties jointly request that the dispute be resolved by the Tax Court. This would expedite the process and avoid a vast number of individual appeals. We will provide updates as they become available.

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