Post Living Differential (PLD)
As the cost of living is not the same across Canada, we are eligible for a PLD allowance in some of the higher cost cities. See the reference and chart below.
"205.45(3) (Policy) The purpose of the PLD is to:
reduce the adverse financial impact on military members and their families when posted to a PLDA (excluding isolated posts) with a [cost of living] COL above the national average.
PLD rates represent the monthly differential between the COL at the Standard City and the COL at established PLDAs, grossed-up by the applicable marginal tax rate.
- PLD rates are taxable, and
- Set annually based on a Treasury Board-approved methodology
cost of living
means the sum of money required to provide for the following categories of household expenditures for a household of three persons, with a household income as may be determined from time to time by the Minister:
- shelter costs;
- goods and Services – food at home, food away from home, household furnishings, clothing, domestic service (including day-care), medical care, personal care, recreation, tobacco, and alcohol;
- transportation – operating and owning two automobiles; and
- taxation – federal, provincial, and sales.
post living differential area
means a location in Canada within the boundaries of a place of duty where the cost of living exceeds that of the Standard City cost of living."
Example: Toronto PLD guideline (please refer to base regulations for final authority)