Federal Public Service employment - priority appointment for eligible 3(a) or 3(b) released Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members


Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)


Recent amendments to the  Public Service Employment Regulations (PSER) allow for the priority appointment of certain medically released members of the CAF to positions in any Department of the Public Service governed by the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). This means that medically released CAF members who meet certain eligibility criteria, are entitled to be considered for employment in priority over other potential candidates for a position.


Certain CAF members who release for medical reasons have a right to appointment in priority to all persons, other than those referred to in section 40 and subsections 41(1) to (4) of the PSEA (referred to as the Act), to any position in the public service for which the Commission is satisfied that the person meets the essential qualifications referred to in Paragraph 30(2)(a) of the  Act. Eligibility for this program applies to the following CAF members who release under Items 3(a) or 3(b):

  • Regular Force
  • Primary Reserve Force members on full-time Class B service of more than 180 consecutive days
  • Reserve Force members on Class C service
  • Members of the Special Force
  • Primary Reserve Force members on Class A or B service of less than 180 days, if the reason for medical release is attributable to service.



Eligible members must apply for priority appointment within five years of release. The entitlement period is a maximum two-year period, which may be started any time within five years of the date of release.

The period begins on the day on which a competent authority certifies that the person is ready to return to work, if that day is within five years after the day on which he/she was medically released. Preferably, the member should defer electing the two-year entitlement until completion of his/her professional and medical rehabilitation, providing it is started not later than five years after release. The entitlement period ends on the earliest of:

  • the day that is two years after the day of certification
  • the day on which the person is appointed to a position in the public service for an indeterminate period
  • the day on which the person declines an appointment to a position in the public service for an indeterminate period without good and sufficient reason.


For additional information on priority appointment in the Public Service, contact a member of the transition services team at:

The Transition Assistance Program
Director Casualty Support Management (DCSM)
National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K2
Toll free: 1-800-883-6094
Fax: 1-613-995-9175
Canadian Armed Forces transition services

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