Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Shirley Fagnen
Submission Date June 3, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
PA-11: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Amelie Tanguay
Advisor
Human Ressources Services
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The local living wage (based on a family of four and expressed as an hourly wage):
10.78 US/Canadian $

Percentage of all employees (regular full-time, regular part-time, and temporary workers) that receive a living wage (benefits excluded):
100

Does the institution have employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Percentage of employees of contractors that work on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations that the institution has verified as receiving a living wage (benefits excluded) (0-100; enter ‘0’ if unknown):
0

The total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular (i.e., permanent) employee or pay grade meets or exceeds what percentage of the living wage?:
200 percent

A brief description of the minimum total compensation provided to the institution’s lowest paid employee or pay grade, including any in-kind benefits included as part of the total compensation figure :

Excluding student workers, the lowest paid regular employee receives an hourly salary of $20.58. The benefits (health insurance, retirement plans, holidays...) represent an additional amount of about 25% above this hourly wage.

Polytechnique provides a full insurance program as well as a defined benefit pension plan for permanent employees, , excluding postdoctoral fellows and lecturers which can however participate in a collective RRSP. Temporary employees also adhere to the defined-contribution retirement if they meet some criteria. A committee monitors the rights of participants and beneficiaries, endeavouring to serve everyone’s interests. This committee recognizes the importance of supporting employees on the brink of a major step in their lives by holding annual workshops on retirement preparation.

Les Petits Génies, a childcare centre, is available at an excellent rate exclusively for the children of Polytechnique employees.

For temporary employees who don't have access to insurance, a financial compensation is provided to cover the cost of a health insurance (+4% of the salary). If the temporary employee's contract does not provide for paid holidays, an additional 8% of the salary is added.


Has the institution made a formal commitment to pay a living wage?:
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A copy or brief description of the institution’s written policy stating its commitment to a living wage:
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Has the institution made a formal commitment to provide a living wage to its student employees and/or graduate teaching/research assistants (e.g. by adopting a student bill-of-rights)?:
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A brief description of the institution’s commitment to a student living wage:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Minimum wage in the Province of Quebec exceeds the local living wage in Montreal, so all employees, including student employees, research assistants etc. earn an hourly salary above the local living wage.

Information about the living wage in Montreal in 2017 was found here :
https://cdn.iris-recherche.qc.ca/uploads/publication/file/Salaire_viable_2017_WEB4.pdf

It is estimated by IRIS (Institut de recherche et d’information socio-économique). At the time of the submission, it was the latest report with an hourly rate (for a family of four) available.

The living wage in Montreal for a family of four has decreased since 2015 because there are more tax credits and other support measures for families. Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the minimum living wage in Montreal has indeed decreased in recent years, given the wide and growing range of generous social programs offered by the Government of Quebec to low-income families.
For instance : Quebec offers a generous family allowance, supplements for school supplies, and other supplements:
https://www.rrq.gouv.qc.ca/en/programmes/soutien_enfants/Pages/soutien_enfants.aspx;

Neither of the sources provided by the help window on Part 1 were up to date for the city of Montreal.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.