Postings, assignments, and employment outside of Canada

Information on postings, assignments, and employment Outside of Canada (OUTCAN) for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, Department of National Defence (DND) employees, and Staff of Non-Public Funds (NPF), Canadian Forces (CF).

CAF Members

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members posted Outside of Canada (OUTCAN) have the opportunity to develop new skills, learn firsthand from other nations, and experience different cultures and languages.

The ABCs of OUTCAN postings

  • Part A—Before you receive your posting instructions
    Information on updating your budget, analyzing the state of the real estate market, spousal and partner employment and children’s education services. Links to Military Family Resource Centers and accessing medical care for your family.
  • Part B—You have received your posting instructions
    Information on geographical boundaries, moving benefits and services, tools and information on buying or selling your principal residence, and the Canadian Forces Housing Agency.
  • Part C—After you have completed your move
    Information on emergency contacts and important documents, your relocation claim and tax implications, your unsold former residence and getting to know your new community.
  • Assistance and complaint mechanisms
    If you believe you have been affected by a decision, act or omission in the administration of the affairs of the Canadian Forces, as a member of the CAF, you have several complaint mechanisms and recourse avenues at your disposal.

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Civilian employees

Information on postings, assignments, and employment Outside of Canada (OUTCAN) for the Department of National Defence (DND) employees.

Consult the Civilian employees page for more details on civilian classification, compensation and benefits, health, and other resources.

  • How do I apply for a work assignment outside of Canada (OUTCAN)?

    As a Department of National Defence (DND) civilian employee, you can apply for a work assignment outside of Canada (OUTCAN) as you would for all other staffing opportunities within the Federal Public Service.

    Check the Government of Canada jobs website for OUTCAN assignments that interest you and submit your application. The sponsor organization will assess all applications and select suitable candidates.

    If selected, you must complete a screening process that the sponsor organization administers. The Foreign Service Program section of the Director Corporate Labour Relations may also give you a preparation briefing, either in-person or by telephone.

    As part of the screening process, you must complete an Occupational Health Assessment Report that Health Canada administers. If your family intends to accompany you, they must also complete an Occupational Health Assessment Report.

  • Once chosen for an OUTCAN assignment, what entitlements, benefits, and services are available to me and my family during the relocation?

    The Foreign Service Directives describe the relocation entitlements, benefits, and services available to you and your family. The Foreign Service Program section of the Director Corporate Labour Relations administers relocation services. Unlike moves within Canada, there is no contracted relocation service provider to conduct the move. The responsibility for all phases of the move resides with you and your family. For more information, review the Foreign Service Directives.

  • Once chosen for an OUTCAN assignment, what housing options are available to me and my family?

    Depending on the location of the OUTCAN assignment, you and your family can choose one of two housing options: Crown housing or housing on the economy.

    Crown housing or Crown-held accommodations are owned or leased by the Crown or provided by the host government. Access to Crown housing is based on location, availability, and your job duties. In most locations, there is limited choice or housing is assigned in advance.

    Housing on the economy means you secure your own accommodation. This includes responsibility for location, lease negotiation, and interacting with lessors. If you lease privately, there is a rent ceiling. You can find the maximum rent payable to you as a civilian employee in Appendix A of the Foreign Service Directive 25 – Shelter. Review these directives before making any financial commitments.

    If you opt for housing on the economy, you are also entitled to benefits such as rent and utility share. For more information on shelter and related provisions, review Part IV of the Foreign Service Directives.

  • I am on an OUTCAN work assignment and am experiencing workplace issues or conflict. What can I do?

    You have several complaint mechanisms and avenues for recourse.

    As a first step, discuss problems with your management to try to resolve them informally and at the lowest possible level. If you are a represented employee, you could also contact your union representative for information and assistance. If unsuccessful, you can seek recourse through formal channels, such as a harassment complaint or grievance.

    For more information, review Complaint mechanisms for civilian employees, Grievances information for civilian employees, and Harassment prevention and resolution information for civilian employees. You can also contact our office by telephone or in writing.

  • I am on an OUTCAN work assignment. What should I do in the case of an emergency evacuation?

    The Foreign Service Directive 64—Emergency Evacuation and Loss contains the information you need in case of an emergency evacuation. Discuss this issue with your manager for additional information. You can also consult your Orderly Room for information on your local emergency plan.

Staff of the NPF

Information on postings, assignments, and employment Outside of Canada (OUTCAN) for Staff of Non-Public Funds (NPF), Canadian Forces (CF).

Consult the Staff of the NPF page for more information about this group.

I want to apply for employment outside of Canada (OUTCAN). What is the screening process?

You can find current opportunities on the Careers page. You can also contact Human Resources for more information.

Currently, you do not have to undergo a screening process for employment OUTCAN with the Staff of the NPF.

Staff of the NPF employed OUTCAN are usually associated with a CAF member posted OUTCAN. This can include a spouse or a teenaged child. If you are the family member of a CAF member who is posted OUTCAN and you apply for employment OUTCAN with the Staff of the NPF, you will have to undergo the CAF screening process as part of your CAF family member’s posting. If you are selected for employment OUTCAN, the Non-Public Funds organization will hire you upon arrival at the OUTCAN location.

I have been selected for employment OUTCAN. What entitlements, benefits, and services are available to me and my family during the relocation?

You will find information about relocation entitlements for sponsored Staff of the NPF and their families in the Non-Public Funds outside Canada (OUTCAN) Relocation and Foreign Service Benefits Policy. This policy is published in the Staff NPF Employee Zone.

The Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) manages relocation entitlements. This includes informing you about the relocation policy. You and your family are responsible for the move, along with some DND and CAF support. There is no contracted relocation service provider to conduct these moves.

I am now working OUTCAN. I am experiencing workplace issues or conflict. What can I do?

You have several possible complaint mechanisms and avenues for recourse.

As a first step, discuss problems with your direct supervisor or manager to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. If unsuccessful, you can seek recourse through formal channels such as a harassment complaint or grievance. Contact your corporate Human Resource Manager for guidance.

You can also contact the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS Centre) for Conflict Resolution and Ethics for information and advice on workplace conflict resolution. They have information on harassment prevention and resolution, conflicts of interest, values, and ethics. Contact the Centre by calling 1-800-506-6679 or online.

You can also contact our office by telephone or in writing.

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