Grants in support of the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program

The Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP) provides financial support to civilian employers of reservists and self-employed reservists. This support is offered to help offset operating costs their businesses may incur when a reservist employee is deployed away from work on a Chief of the Defence Staff-named operation. Eligible applicants will receive a lump sum payment, in the form of a grant, following the deployment period of the reservist employee.

Operating costs to employers may include those resulting from:

  • training or hiring replacement workers
  • increasing overtime hours for existing employees
  • business realignment to mitigate staff reduction
  • reduced revenue


Type of transfer payment: Grant

General targeted recipient group: Employers of or self-employed reservists

Contact information: Send an email to or call 1-800-567-9908 / 613-995-8700.

Application information: Consult the application guide.

More information: Visit the CERP homepage.


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