Are you re­lo­cat­ing?

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Are you posted this year and ea­ger to start your move? Whether this is your first or 15th move, you’ll have many ques­tions and we can help. You can have peace of mind know­ing that you have the best re­lo­ca­tion pack­age in govern­ment. Your move could range from sim­ple to com­plex de­pend­ing on your per­sonal cir­cum­stances. You’ll have many things to con­sider and de­cide on when mov­ing to a new lo­ca­tion.

Tak­ing your first steps

Read your post­ing in­struc­tion. Para­graph 5 cov­ers crit- ical in­for­ma­tion for ini­ti­at­ing your re­lo­ca­tion process.

Pre-reg­is­ter. You must wait two days af­ter re­ceiv­ing your in­struc­tion for your BGRS (for­merly Brook­field Global Re­lo­ca­tion Ser­vices) file to be cre­ated.

Reg­is­ter. You must com­plete within 21 days of re­ceiv­ing your in­struc­tion by foll ow­ing t he steps emailed from BGRS upon pre-reg­is­tra­tion.

Book your plan­ning ses­sion. Your BGRS agent will con­tact you to book your first ses­sion.

Pre­par­ing for your plan­ning ses­sion

List your ques­tions on your re­lo­ca­tion process, re­quire­ments, and en­ti­tle­ments.

Wait to en­ter into con­tracts un­til af­ter you’ve met with your BGRS agent and dis­cussed your max­i­mum prene­go­ti­ated rates/fees. These in­clude contacts with: Real Es­tate Agents Ap­prais­ers Home In­spec­tors Lawyers/No­taries Ren­tal Search Agents Read the Tax Smart sec­tion in “It’s Your Move” guide. Your ob­jec­tive is to min­i­mize payable taxes and max­i­mize af­ter-tax ben­e­fits.

Re­view the Cana­dian Forces In­te­grated Re­lo­ca­tion Pro­gram (CF IRP) Di­rec­tive.

Re­view the Gen­eral Re­lo­ca­tion In­for­ma­tion Pack­age ( GRIP) pro­vided by BGRS within two days of reg­is­ter­ing.

Sim­pli­fy­ing your process

Group your move i nto small man­age­able tasks;

Use al l y our avail able re­sources;

Follow pol­icy and avoid del ays or out- of- pocket ex­penses; and

Ask for as­sis­tance when needed.

Your BGRS rep­re­sen­ta­tive and your CF IRP Coor- di­na­tors can pro­vide all the tools and guid­ance re­gardi ng re­lo­ca­tion pol­icy and en­ti­tle­ments. Check out the re­sources above f or more in­for­ma­tion to help you plan a smooth and suc­cess­ful re­lo­ca­tion. Be­fore you know it, you’ll be set­tled in to your new sur­round­ings.

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