Military Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel get increased access to federal public service jobs
June 30, 2015 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs announced today that the Veterans Hiring Act (Bill C-27) comes into force tomorrow, July 1, 2015.
The Veterans Hiring Act makes it easier for Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are leaving the military to secure jobs in the federal public service. It does so by amending the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)—the Act which governs the federal public service staffing process.
Starting on Canada Day, eligible military Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces personnel will have increased access to jobs with the federal government.
- Canadian Armed Forces Veterans whose medical release is attributable to military service are eligible for up to five years of statutory priority hiring status in the federal public service.
- Statutory status provides the highest level of priority in the hiring process.
- Canadian Armed Forces Veterans whose medical release is not due to a service-related injury or illness are eligible for up to five years of regulatory priority hiring status in the federal public service, an increase from the current two years.
- Canadian Armed Forces Veterans who honourably release with at least three years of military service will now receive preference in externally advertised public service employment processes.
- Still-serving Canadian Armed Forces personnel and military Veterans who honourably release with at least three years of military service will now be able to view and apply for internally advertised public service employment processes.
“The Government of Canada is keeping its commitment to help military Veterans thrive while making the transition to civilian life. With the coming into force of the Veterans Hiring Act, we have moved one step closer to achieving this goal. The federal public service will benefit from having more military Veterans join its ranks. Canadian Armed Forces Veterans bring more to the table than a set of valuable skills; they bring dedication, loyalty and integrity to all they do.”
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs
“Those who wear the uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces serve Canada with loyalty, pride, and a commitment to excellence. The Government knows Veterans will continue to exhibit these qualities after their time in the Forces is complete. That is why we are encouraging them to join the federal public service.”
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
- Bill C-27
- News Release – Harper Government Improves Veterans’ Access to Federal Public Service Jobs
- News Release – Government of Canada Announces Priority Hiring for Injured Veterans
- Backgrounder – Priority consideration for federal public service jobs for medically released Veterans with a service-related injury
- Backgrounder – Improved Access to Federal Public Service Jobs for Veterans
- Infobytes – Hiring Veterans in the Government of Canada
- Hire a Veteran
- Priority Job Appointment in the Public Service
Veterans Affairs Canada is committed to ensuring Veterans are treated with the care, compassion and respect they deserve. Veterans and their families are at the centre of everything VAC does.