Mandate, Raison d’être, Mission, Vision, and Values


The Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC) is an independent administrative tribunal reporting to Parliament through the Minister of National Defence.

The MGERC reviews military grievances referred to it pursuant to s. 29 of the National Defence Act and provides findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Canadian Armed Forces member who submitted the grievance.

Raison d’être

The raison d’être of the Military Grievances External Review Committee (Committee) is to provide an independent and external review of military grievances. Section 29 of the National Defence ActEndnote i (NDA) provides a statutory right for an officer or a non-commissioned member who has been aggrieved, to grieve a decision, an act or an omission in the administration of the affairs of the Canadian Armed Forces. The importance of this broad right cannot be overstated since it is, with certain narrow exceptions, the only formal complaint process available to Canadian Armed Forces members.


To provide an independent and external review of military grievances to strengthen confidence in, and add to the fairness of, the Canadian Armed Forces grievance process.


The Military Grievances External Review Committee is a centre of expertise in the review of military grievances and a model administrative tribunal, through its fair and efficient processes, professionalism, and good governance.


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