Relocation Directive - Chapter 10 - Service Couples

10.01 Purpose

This chapter describes relocation benefits applicable to meet the requirements of Service Couples (SCs).

Note: The benefits contained in this Chapter may be amended (limited or enhanced) by specific provisions contained in other chapters in this directive.
(TB amended 16 September 2014)

10.011 Application

This chapter only applies in situations where both members of the service couple are Regular force members.

(TB, effective 19 April 2018)

10.02 Terms CF member and service spouse

For the purpose of this Chapter, the relocation benefit relationship between two spouses or between two common law partners --- both of whom are CF members and both of whom are posted from same place of duty to the same new place of duty --- is as follows: the CF member who is authorized to move (D) HG&E is deemed to be the "CF member", and their spouse or common law partner is deemed to be the "service spouse".
(TB amended 16 September 2014)

10.03 Co-location principle

The members of a service couple who are posted to the same place of duty are expected to collocate at the same residence.

If the members of a service couple are posted to different places of duty, each member is entitled to be relocated at public expense as if they were a single CF member until such time as they are relocated to the same place of duty.

Once the members are collocated, the members will not be entitled to be relocated at public expense as if they were single members unless:

  • the members are posted and each member is entitled to move their HG&E to two separate places of duty; or
  • only one member is posted to a new place of duty and all of the following conditions are satisfied:
    • the posted member is posted to a new place of duty and entitled to move HG&E;
    • the career manager of the other member confirms that for at least one year after the posted member’s change of strength date, the other member will not be posted to the same new place of duty; and
    • neither member has received notice that that they will be released or transferred from the Regular Force within 1 year of the posted member’s change of strength date.

In these situations, one or both members, as applicable, may

  • relocate with some or all of their (D)HG&E to their new place of duty as though they were relocating as a single CF member;
  • request, if entitled, Special Commuting Assistance under Section 2.5 in lieu of moving their HG&E; or
  • proceed unaccompanied to the new place of duty in accordance with Section 11.2.

(TB amended, 19 April 2018)

10.04 Process chart

(Repealed by TB, effective 19 April 2018)

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