Langley, BC – Today, Langley Member of Parliament Mark Warawa applauds the Government of Canada on new legislation intended to provide the top level of priority hiring in the public service for medically released Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who were injured in service to Canada.
“I applaud our Government for taking measures to further help medically released Veterans as they find meaningful employment after their service in uniform,” said Warawa. “This initiative will go a long way in helping Veterans transfer the experience, education and training they gained in the military into a job that allows them to continue to lead and help build a strong Canada.”
Every year, many military members transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces. For those Canadian Armed Forces members who cannot deploy and meet the demands of operations, finding meaningful employment is a key factor in making a successful transition to civilian life.
In spring 2014, when the legislation is expected to come into force, those Regular Force and Reserve Force members who are medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces for service-related reasons will receive a statutory priority for a period of five years. This will provide Veterans with the highest level of priority consideration for public service positions, above all other groups, in recognition of their sacrifices and service to Canada.
Those full-time Regular or Reserve Force Veterans who are released for non-service-related medical reasons will continue to receive their existing level of priority. However, the duration of their access will be increased from two to five years, allowing them a longer period of priority entitlement for positions. Veterans who make use of this measure must qualify for the positions they are seeking. The changes will apply to medically released Veterans who received a priority entitlement on or after April 1, 2012.
“Men and women who have served our country in uniform are known worldwide for their high level of leadership skills, expertise and teamwork, making them an invaluable asset to any organization,” said Warawa. “I also encourage local organizations and business to join our Government in supporting Canada’s Veterans who transition to civilian careers. Veterans remain deeply motivated to continue contributing to Canada when their military careers are over.”
In addition to the proposed legislative and regulatory changes, the Government of Canada continues to work with corporate Canada to help Veterans find new opportunities to successfully make the transition from military to civilian life. Partnering with corporate Canada allows Veterans to put the training and skills acquired during their service to good use in the civilian workforce.
Veterans Affairs Canada’s offers services to achieve the best results for Veterans and their families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.