Durham Region, Ont. (922 uniformed police officers) and the Durham Regional Police Association (DRPA)
Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024. Ratified in March 2021. Signed on May 6, 2021.
Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 2.3%
Effective Jan. 1, 2021: 2.3%
Effective Jan. 1, 2022: 1.9%
Effective Jan. 1, 2023: 2%
Effective Jan. 1, 2024: 2.1%
Shift premium: $2 per hour for coach officers while performing coaching duties. Each employee who works full calendar year on 3-shift schedule or more rotation basis or on 12-hour platoon schedule, receives $425. Each employee who works 2-shift schedule in full calendar year receives $260.
Paid holidays: 13 days including half-days on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Vacations with pay: 1 working day for each full month of service up to 10 days to start, 10 days after 1 year, 13 days after 3 years, 15 days after 5 years, 18 days after 7 years, 20 days after 9 years, 22 days after 12 years, 23 days after 14 years, 24 days after 16 years, 26 days after 18 years, 30 days after 23 years, 31 days after 27 years, 35 days after 30 years, 36 days after 31 years, 37 days after 32 years, 38 days after 33 years, 39 days after 34 years, 40 days after 35 years (previously 35 days after 30 years was maximum).
Overtime: Time and one-half for any hour or part of hour worked over regularly scheduled hours of normally scheduled shift in 1 day and all hours required to work on off-duty days.
Meal allowance: $9 for employees required to work more than 3 hours past normal quitting time and further $9 for every additional consecutive 5 hours worked, unless provided with meal.
Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums for basic expenses up to $3,000 per year and restorative services on 60-40 (employer/employee) coinsurance basis (70-30 as of Jan. 1, 2022, and 80-20 on Jan. 1, 2024). Orthodontia coverage for dependent children up to $3,000 lifetime maximum, extraction of wisdom teeth.
Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $400 every 2 years including laser surgery and eye exams.
Paramedical: Employer pay 100% of premiums for $50 per visit up to $450 per year. Therapeutic massage of $75 per visit up to $650 per year (increasing to $700 Jan. 1, 2023). Physiotherapy up to $3,000 per year (physiotherapy required by WSIB doesn’t count towards maximum). Every employee receives health care spending account of $275 per year, increasing to $300 on Jan. 1, 2022 and $325 on Jan. 1, 2024.
Sick leave: 12 hours per month of service to maximum of 144 hour per year. Unused credits can be accumulated and, upon termination, paid out. Up to 8 hours per year can be used for doctor or dental appointments and up to 48 hours per year can be used for caring for sick children, spouse, elder care (56 as of Jan. 1, 2022.
LTD: Employer pays 100% of coverage of 66 2/3% of monthly salary after waiting period of 180 consecutive calendar days.
AD&D: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 6 times basic annual earnings rounded to next higher $1,000, maximum of $750,000.
Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for group plan with coverage of 2 times basic annual earnings rounded to next higher $1,000, maximum of $250,000. Optional units of $100,000 can be purchased by employees up to $200,000.
Pension: Employees participate in final average earnings OMERS pension plan. Employer and employee make equal percentage contributions as required under plan.
Seniority – recall rights: 24 months.
Call-in pay: Minimum 5 hours at time and one-half for recall after completing normal shift. Minimum 5 hours at time and one-half for attending any judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding while off-duty.
Uniforms/clothing: All plain-clothes employees receive $1,100 per year, paid twice yearly. Uniformed employees receive 2 complete uniforms upon hire: 1 tunic, 2 pairs trousers, 5 shirts, 1 pair winter boots, 1 pair summer shoes, 2 ties, 1 pair mitts/gloves. As required, 1 pair overshoes or half rubbers, 1 fall and winter reefer coat, 1 raincoat, and 1 fur hat or uniform hat. Employees are entitled to 40 dry-cleanings per year.
Sample rates of annual pay (current, after 6% increase):
Constable in training: $68,192 (no change after July 1, 2021)
Police constable fourth-class: $75,535 rising in 6 steps to $80,103
Police constable third-class: $83,928 rising in 6 steps to $89,003
Police constable second-class: $94,419 rising in 6 steps to $100,129
Police constable first-class: $104,910 rising in 6 steps to $111,254
Detective/sergeant: $119,073 rising in 6 steps to $126,273
Detective sergeant/staff sergeant: $131,552 rising in 6 steps to $139,624
Editor’s notes: Legal indemnification: Where employee of police service is charged with criminal or statutory offence flowing from police duties and is subsequently acquitted of such charges, employee will be reimbursed for any reasonable and necessary legal expenses incurred as result of acts done in good faith performance of duties. Survivor’s benefits: Employer will pay full cost of premiums for Ontario health insurance coverage, extended health care and dental care for family of employee who has died, for 24 months. Hearing aid: $500 every 5 years. Police seniority: 3% of PC1 salary after 8 years of continuous active service; 6% of PC1 salary after 17 years of continuous active service; 9% of PC1 salary after 23 years of continuous active service. Merit badge: Employer may award merit badge to any employee for outstanding service at any time. Employee who is holder of merit badge will be entitled — in addition to any other remuneration — to additional $10 per month for each merit badge awarded. Employee will also be entitled to 6 months’ seniority when merit badge is awarded. Meals: Where meals are not provided on assignments or attendance employee will receive $75 per day (payable in appropriate currency) for meals and ancillary expenses, including telephone calls and gratuities: $10 for breakfast; $18 for lunch; $32 for dinner; $15 for other ancillary expenses (not applicable for attendance at courses at Ontario Police College or Canadian Police College).