Your last CAF move: Intended Place of Residence (IPR)

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The information in this presentation is administered through the Director Compensation and Benefits Administration (DCBA) in accordance with the Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Program Directive effective 19 April 2018.

Your Intended Place of Residence, or IPR, provides a last move at public expense upon your release or transfer from the Regular Force. 

Please note that the term “Transfer” refers to a transfer to any subcomponent of the Reserve Force whereas the term “Release” refers to a Regular Force member transitioning to civilian life.

Timings and destinations are covered in subsequent slides of this presentation.

The benefits for an IPR move are very similar to a posting. The main differences are that:

You will not receive a posting allowance, and
The funding for specific benefits are different and will be further described in the “Entitlements” slides.

Any unused entitlement for an IPR move will not be lost in the event of a death of a member as it is transferrable to your Next of Kin (NOK).

For the remainder of this presentation, the term “release” will be used and includes “transfers” as well.
Nearly all releasing members are entitled to some form of IPR move provided they are “trained”, in other words have reached their Operationally Functional Point (OFP), which means trained for their occupation as per DAOD 5031-8.

However, there are two EXCEPTIONS to this general rule. Members are not entitled to an IPR move if they are released under:

Item 1 – Misconduct. These release items have a separate set of limited move benefits under CBI Chap 208; or

Item 4(c) – Voluntary when they have less than 20 years of continuous Regular Force service.  However, 4(c) releases with 20 or more years of continuous Regular Force service are entitled to an IPR move.

Note: “Continuous” Regular Force service includes any period of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) since enrolment as per CFIRPD Article 14.2.04
If you are entitled to an IPR move (think back to the last slide), you will fall into one of two groups with respect to your move entitlements which is based on your years of service and release item.

The first group, who we refer to as “Group A”, has a more enhanced set of entitlements for their IPR move.  They are entitled to a move to anywhere in Canada and have their benefits funded almost to the same level as a regular posting. 

The second group, or “Group B”, has a reduced set of entitlements.  This group is only entitled to the cost of a move back to their place of enrolment, which is defined at CFIRPD Article 14.2.05 as anyplace within 100 kilometers of the members home address at the time of enrolment.  Also, the funding for this group’s move benefits is considerably less than for those in Group A.  Please refer to CFIRPD articles 14.3.07 and 14.7.02 for additional information.

For both groups, there are restrictions for a local move of 40 kilometers or less door-to-door (local moves are discussed later)

While the move entitlements are based on “anywhere in Canada” or “place of enrolment”, members are not limited to moving to those places.  Destinations are discussed on the next slide.

A releasing member may elect to move to an IPR anywhere in the world.  However, depending on which group they fall under, the amounts payable for their benefits will be limited to the maximum allowable under their group entitlement.

For example: 

Cpl Bloggins enrolled in Winnipeg eight years ago and is releasing from Borden, Ontario under release item 5.  This means that Cpl Bloggins will fall under “Group B”.  Since Cpl Bloggins has decided to move to Japan, for the IPR move, the benefits funding for the move to Japan will be limited to what would be payable for a move from Borden, Ontario back to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Therefore, Cpl Bloggins will have to personally absorb the difference in costs, whereas;

If Cpl Bloggins fell under ‘Group A’, the benefits funding for the move to Japan would be based on a move from Borden, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia (disembarkation point).  Cpl Bloggins would still have to personally absorb some of the move costs, but to a lesser extent.

As each case is different, members should refer to the CFIRPD Chap 14 to determine if their move benefits may be limited to a cost-not-to-exceed type of situation.

Note, the restriction on local moves is discussed on the next slide.

Since 16 September 2014, there is generally no longer an entitlement to a local IPR move.   However, there are five exceptions to this rule.

The two most common exceptions, as seen today, are:
for anyone who is being medically released under item 3; and
for anyone who is required to vacate family housing (PMQ/RHU) or single quarters.  For this exception only, the local move costs are capped at $10,000.

There are three other exceptions to the local move restriction that are much less common today.  They are:
Anyone whose release date is prior to 16 September 2014,
Anyone who commenced their local IPR move prior to 16 September 2014 (to determine if a member falls under this exception, refer to CFIRPD Article 14.1.08), and
Anyone whose local move is approved by CMP due to particularly compelling compassionate reasons (these are extremely rare – only one or two are approved each year).

In order to start accessing/claiming any move benefit, a member must select their IPR destination/location.  This is done by completing the IPR election form available from the local Release office.

The window of time to make that IPR election and to begin exercising/claiming IPR move entitlements is quite large.  In some cases it may begin up to five years in advance of the date of release and end several years after the date of release.

The time limit rules were recently improved effective April 19th. 2018.  Generally, the time limit to exercise move entitlements now ends two years after the date of release.  In specific cases, extensions to that time limit are possible as noted on this slide.

Detailed information is contained in Chapter 14 of the 19 April 2018 version of the CFIRP Directive.

When a member conducts their own IPR move before they have an entitlement, they may be reimbursed some of those expenses once they become entitled to the IPR move benefits.  However, the expenses can be no more than six years old when they are claimed.  Also, the local IPR move restrictions continue to apply if the move was conducted on or after September 16th, 2014.

Here is an example: 

After 17 years of service, Sgt Bloggins sells a home in Angus, Ontario and buys a dream home in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.  All associated costs are at Sgt Bloggins expense and he is not releasing at this point in time.

At year 21, Sgt Bloggins is advised that he is being medically released under item 3.  Sgt Bloggins is now eligible for an IPR move, and may move locally.  However, given he already bought and moved into a dream home 4 years earlier, Sgt Bloggins may now elect Wasaga Beach, Ontario as his IPR destination, and can now claim for some of the sale, purchase, and move expenses that he incurred 4 years earlier.

For further information, refer to Chapter 14 of the Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Policy Directive (CFIRPD) accessible at the link on this slide.

If you have made an IPR election already, you will have access to a relocation consultant at BGRS, CAF’s contracted relocation service provider, who will be able to answer any specific questions you may have regarding your move entitlements.

Your local CAF Release Office may also provide information regarding the IPR election process, however they do not deal with your specific move entitlements.

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The information in this presentation is administered through the Director Compensation and Benefits Administration (DCBA) in accordance with the Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Program Directive effective 19 April 2018.

Your Intended Place of Residence, or IPR, provides a last move at public expense upon your release or transfer from the Regular Force. 

Please note that the term “Transfer” refers to a transfer to any subcomponent of the Reserve Force whereas the term “Release” refers to a Regular Force member transitioning to civilian life.

Timings and destinations are covered in subsequent slides of this presentation.

The benefits for an IPR move are very similar to a posting. The main differences are that:

You will not receive a posting allowance, and
The funding for specific benefits are different and will be further described in the “Entitlements” slides.

Any unused entitlement for an IPR move will not be lost in the event of a death of a member as it is transferrable to your Next of Kin (NOK).

For the remainder of this presentation, the term “release” will be used and includes “transfers” as well.
Nearly all releasing members are entitled to some form of IPR move provided they are “trained”, in other words have reached their Operationally Functional Point (OFP), which means trained for their occupation as per DAOD 5031-8.

However, there are two EXCEPTIONS to this general rule. Members are not entitled to an IPR move if they are released under:

Item 1 – Misconduct. These release items have a separate set of limited move benefits under CBI Chap 208; or

Item 4(c) – Voluntary when they have less than 20 years of continuous Regular Force service.  However, 4(c) releases with 20 or more years of continuous Regular Force service are entitled to an IPR move.

Note: “Continuous” Regular Force service includes any period of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) since enrolment as per CFIRPD Article 14.2.04
If you are entitled to an IPR move (think back to the last slide), you will fall into one of two groups with respect to your move entitlements which is based on your years of service and release item.

The first group, who we refer to as “Group A”, has a more enhanced set of entitlements for their IPR move.  They are entitled to a move to anywhere in Canada and have their benefits funded almost to the same level as a regular posting. 

The second group, or “Group B”, has a reduced set of entitlements.  This group is only entitled to the cost of a move back to their place of enrolment, which is defined at CFIRPD Article 14.2.05 as anyplace within 100 kilometers of the members home address at the time of enrolment.  Also, the funding for this group’s move benefits is considerably less than for those in Group A.  Please refer to CFIRPD articles 14.3.07 and 14.7.02 for additional information.

For both groups, there are restrictions for a local move of 40 kilometers or less door-to-door (local moves are discussed later)

While the move entitlements are based on “anywhere in Canada” or “place of enrolment”, members are not limited to moving to those places.  Destinations are discussed on the next slide.

A releasing member may elect to move to an IPR anywhere in the world.  However, depending on which group they fall under, the amounts payable for their benefits will be limited to the maximum allowable under their group entitlement.

For example: 

Cpl Bloggins enrolled in Winnipeg eight years ago and is releasing from Borden, Ontario under release item 5.  This means that Cpl Bloggins will fall under “Group B”.  Since Cpl Bloggins has decided to move to Japan, for the IPR move, the benefits funding for the move to Japan will be limited to what would be payable for a move from Borden, Ontario back to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Therefore, Cpl Bloggins will have to personally absorb the difference in costs, whereas;

If Cpl Bloggins fell under ‘Group A’, the benefits funding for the move to Japan would be based on a move from Borden, Ontario to Vancouver, British Columbia (disembarkation point).  Cpl Bloggins would still have to personally absorb some of the move costs, but to a lesser extent.

As each case is different, members should refer to the CFIRPD Chap 14 to determine if their move benefits may be limited to a cost-not-to-exceed type of situation.

Note, the restriction on local moves is discussed on the next slide.

Since 16 September 2014, there is generally no longer an entitlement to a local IPR move.   However, there are five exceptions to this rule.

The two most common exceptions, as seen today, are:
for anyone who is being medically released under item 3; and
for anyone who is required to vacate family housing (PMQ/RHU) or single quarters.  For this exception only, the local move costs are capped at $10,000.

There are three other exceptions to the local move restriction that are much less common today.  They are:
Anyone whose release date is prior to 16 September 2014,
Anyone who commenced their local IPR move prior to 16 September 2014 (to determine if a member falls under this exception, refer to CFIRPD Article 14.1.08), and
Anyone whose local move is approved by CMP due to particularly compelling compassionate reasons (these are extremely rare – only one or two are approved each year).

In order to start accessing/claiming any move benefit, a member must select their IPR destination/location.  This is done by completing the IPR election form available from the local Release office.

The window of time to make that IPR election and to begin exercising/claiming IPR move entitlements is quite large.  In some cases it may begin up to five years in advance of the date of release and end several years after the date of release.

The time limit rules were recently improved effective April 19th. 2018.  Generally, the time limit to exercise move entitlements now ends two years after the date of release.  In specific cases, extensions to that time limit are possible as noted on this slide.

Detailed information is contained in Chapter 14 of the 19 April 2018 version of the CFIRP Directive.

When a member conducts their own IPR move before they have an entitlement, they may be reimbursed some of those expenses once they become entitled to the IPR move benefits.  However, the expenses can be no more than six years old when they are claimed.  Also, the local IPR move restrictions continue to apply if the move was conducted on or after September 16th, 2014.

Here is an example: 

After 17 years of service, Sgt Bloggins sells a home in Angus, Ontario and buys a dream home in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.  All associated costs are at Sgt Bloggins expense and he is not releasing at this point in time.

At year 21, Sgt Bloggins is advised that he is being medically released under item 3.  Sgt Bloggins is now eligible for an IPR move, and may move locally.  However, given he already bought and moved into a dream home 4 years earlier, Sgt Bloggins may now elect Wasaga Beach, Ontario as his IPR destination, and can now claim for some of the sale, purchase, and move expenses that he incurred 4 years earlier.

For further information, refer to Chapter 14 of the Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Policy Directive (CFIRPD) accessible at the link on this slide.

If you have made an IPR election already, you will have access to a relocation consultant at BGRS, CAF’s contracted relocation service provider, who will be able to answer any specific questions you may have regarding your move entitlements.

Your local CAF Release Office may also provide information regarding the IPR election process, however they do not deal with your specific move entitlements.

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