Minister Sajjan Highlights Investments in Canada’s Reserve Force
June 13, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces
Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, recognizes that the long-term success of Canada’s military depends on the women and men who make up the Canadian Armed Forces. Our people, across all ranks, and from all walks of life, are our most important asset, and they are at the core of the new policy.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today met with members of the Reserve Force and representatives from the reservist community at the Moss Park Armoury in Toronto, to highlight the new vision for defence and improvements being made to support Canada’s Reserve Force resulting from the new policy.
Strong, Secure, Engaged will:
- Increase the size of the Reserve Force by 1,500 to 30,000, to ensure it can meet its full operational potential;
- Align Primary Reserve compensation and benefits with Regular Force members where duties are similar;
- Assign the Reserve Force new roles that provide full-time capability to the Canadian Armed Forces through part-time service, such as light urban search and rescue, intelligence operators, and cyber operators;
- Employ the Reserve Force to deliver select deployed missions in a primary role such as Canadian Armed Forces capacity building;
- Ensure Reservists are appropriately trained, prepared and equipped in sufficient numbers to be ready to contribute to operations at home and abroad;
- Offer full-time summer employment to Reservists in their first four years with the Reserves commencing in 2018; and
- Attract and retain top quality candidates, while reducing the length of the recruitment process for Reservists to a matter of weeks.
During the event, Minister Sajjan also presented the first grant under the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP) to York Regional Police Superintendent Robertson Rouse. This grant of $5,878 recognizes the deployment of full-time York Regional Police officer and part-time military reservist Captain Mike Lacroix with the Toronto Scottish Regiment on Operation PROVISION, the Government of Canada’s initiative to resettle Syrian refugees.
Canada’s Reserve Force works alongside the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Regular Force, providing full-time capacity through part-time service on both national and international operations.
Canada’s dedicated, motivated, and highly skilled Reserve Force is critical to our defence success at home and abroad. The investments and new vision for the Reserves will enable Canada to meet its military commitments and ensure that Canada is strong at home, secure in North America, and engaged in the world.
“The women and men of our Reserve Force bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse experiences that enrich and strengthen our military. As security challenges in this country evolve, it is our duty to support our reservists and ensure they have the skills, training and capabilities they need. I look forward to building a stronger Reserve Force capable of confronting Canada’s future security and defence challenges head-on.”
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan
“We are very proud to support reservists within York Regional Police, like Capt. Lacroix, who are dedicated to serving both their community and their country. We are honoured to be the first recipients of the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program and we look forward to supporting our reservists in the future. Individuals like Capt. Lacroix continue to demonstrate that deeds speak, both at a local and national level.”
Chief Eric Jolliffe, York Regional Police
Defence is taking action to transform the Reserves by:
- Putting in place measures to encourage members who are leaving the Regular Force to join the Reserves, by revising annuitant employment regulations so that members can more easily transfer between the Regular and Reserve Force;
- Creating an agile service model that supports the transition between full and part-time service and provides the flexibility to cater to different Reserve career paths;
- Providing federal tax relief on the military salaries of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel, including Reservists, up to the salary level of Lieutenant-Colonel, deployed on named international operations as designated by the Chief of the Defence Staff; and
- Working with provinces and territories to harmonize job protection for Reservists at the federal level.
The launch of Strong, Secure, Engaged concludes the most comprehensive review process in Canadian defence and security history – a year-long review process that included open and transparent consultations with Canadians, parliamentarians, defence experts, allies, and partners.
The Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program provides compensation in the form of a grant to eligible employers of reservists who are selected to serve on a named, designated international or domestic operation, lasting more than 30 days.
Office of the Minister of National Defence
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