Real Estate Incentive - Time limit for signing the waiver electing not to sell

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Real Estate Incentive - Time limit for signing the waiver electing not to sell

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During the review of this grievance, the Committee noted that Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) authorities have erroneously added a requirement to article 8.2.14 of the Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Program (CFIRP) directive, that requires members electing to receive the Real Estate Incentive (REI) to formally sign the Policy Waiver related to the REI within 15 days of the appraisal of their principle residence. This practice can effectively disentitle CAF members to the REI benefit that should be available to them for the entire two-year period provided for at CF IRP article 8.1.03.

Recommendation

The Committee recommended that the Chief of the Defence Staff inform the relevant authorities that their application/interpretation of the REI requirements is incorrect.

Final Authority Decision

The CDS agreed with the Committee that  section 8.2.14 of the CFIRP does not require that a policy waiver be signed within 15 business days of the appraisal. However, the CDS is silent on the systemic recommendation that relevant authorities be informed that their interpretation is incorrect, but he does state in his decision that he accepts the Committee's findings and recommendations as his own.

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