Posting to the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) and the Service Personnel Holding List (SPHL)


CANFORGEN 114/11, Defence Administrative Orders and Directives (DAOD) 5060-0


A posting to the JPSU provides an ill or injured Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member with the opportunity to focus on recovery and rehabilitation, with the primary aim of returning to duty. The posting of ill and injured members to the JPSU also allows Commanding Officers to focus on unit operational imperatives, with a secondary possibility that a vacant position may be filled via the posting process by the ill or injured member's career manager.


Ill and injured Regular Force members are eligible for posting to the JPSU. Under certain conditions, Reserve Force members may be eligible for posting to the JPSU. Posting to the JPSU is based on a prognosis of restricted employment due to medical reasons for a period of six months or more. A posting to the JPSU must be recommended by the unit Commanding Officer, and supported by the Base/Wing Surgeon or a delegated senior medical officer. The approving authority for posting Regular Force personnel to the JPSU is Director of Military Careers and it is the appropriate Command Headquarters (HQ) for Reserve Force personnel. CANFORGEN 114/11 provides further detail on posting to the JPSU.


With the stand-up of the JPSU, the purpose of the SPHL has changed significantly. Prior to 2008, the SPHL was simply an administrative means by which Commanding Officers (COs) of Regular Force units could maintain operational effectiveness within their units by requesting the posting of replacement personnel for positions which were deemed essential. With the stand-up of the JPSU, the focus has been placed on determining how to best provide support for an injured or ill CAF member. The possibility of a replacement has become a secondary consideration. All CAF members who were previously placed on the SPHL are now posted to the JPSU.

Posting to JPSU

A CAF member posted to the JPSU is under command and control of the JPSU. The member is assigned to the Support Platoon of the nearest Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC). The Support Platoon will utilize its resources to ensure that the member is provided with every reasonable opportunity to return to active duty. Admittedly, a return to duty may not be possible for everyone, and for those CAF personnel who will eventually be medically released, the efforts of the IPSC team will shift to providing a smooth transition upon release.

The daily routine for ill and injured CAF members posted to the JPSU will be guided by the medical employment limitations (MELs) documented by CAF Health Services. Within the guidelines of the MELs, personnel posted to the JPSU will be supported in their treatment and recovery by the leadership of the IPSC Support Platoon, and will be expected to participate in return to work (RTW) and other treatment programs to enhance their return to active duty or to ensure a smooth transition.


CAF members posted to the JPSU are subject to all administrative and disciplinary policies, including leave and Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs). They are considered on duty unless in hospital, on sick leave or other authorized leave. In compliance with the medical employment limitations, members posted to the JPSU are required to report for duty, on a full or part-time basis, based on the IPSC Support Platoon's established schedule of working hours, as well as the approved modified work plan developed in consultation with the approved MELs.


For further information on the JPSU, please contact:

  • the nearest IPSC
  • or JPSU HQ toll free at 1-800-883-6094 or 613-995-1457
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