Public Service Dental Care Plan: Dates set for arbitration

PSAC and Treasury Board are heading to arbitration after negotiations to improve the Public Service Dental Care Plan (PSDCP) for over 185,000 federal public service workers have broken down.  

Arbitration dates have been set for June 14-15, 2024. We are hoping to resolve all outstanding proposals in arbitration, and we are confident that gains can be made at this stage of the process.  

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Negotiations began in June, following a labour board decision that found Treasury Board was acting in bad faith by refusing to come to the table. Since then, Treasury Board has continued to show unwillingness to negotiate fair and reasonable updates to the PSDCP.  

Read the full list of proposals submitted by PSAC, based on input from members through an online survey.   

We remain committed to making several improvements to the plan including:  

  • Increasing the annual maximum from $2,500  
  • Increasing the co-insurance rates so that you pay less out of pocket   
  • Increasing the lifetime orthodontic maximum from $2,500  
  • Eliminating the deductible  
  • Getting reimbursement at the current year’s fee guide, rather than the previous year.  

The dental plan is negotiated for PSAC members employed by the federal government, many of its agencies, and other employers.