All members will serve an initial probationary period of six (6) months from the date of commencing duties in a position. During and up to the end of the probationary period, a member may be discharged for unsuitability in accordance with the following Article.

Under special circumstances specified by Human Resources and agreed to by the Association, the probationary period required can be extended, reduced or waived.

Members must be evaluated during their probationary period as outlined in Article 8.1

8.1 Assessment of Performance While on Probation

Throughout the probationary period, the department head or supervisor will provide timely and constructive feedback to the member that is relevant to meeting the requirements of the position. Performance must be discussed with the member and necessary improvements will be provided to the member in writing.

8.2 Final Probationary Assessment

Prior to the end of the probationary period, the department head shall advise the member in writing with a copy to Human Resources and the Association:

a) that the member’s appointment be continued;

b) that the probationary period be extended for an additional period, giving reasons and subject to agreement by the Association; or

c) that the appointment not be continued, giving reasons in writing at a meeting for such purpose with the Association present.

8.3 Termination of Probationary Appointment

A member with permanent or seasonal status who fails to successfully complete the probationary period in a new appointment will be advised in writing with an Association Representative present and shall be eligible for all applicable provisions as specified in Article 16.

A member without permanent or seasonal status who is terminated during the probationary period will be given one (1) month notice or pay in lieu.

8.4 Positions Brought into the Scope of the Association

Positions brought into the scope of the Association where the incumbent has been in the position for less than six (6) months shall complete the required probationary period as per Article 8.