Priority Hiring for Injured Veterans
In November, the Honorable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced new legislation intended to provide medically released Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who were injured in service to Canada the top level of priority consideration for job openings in the public service. The announcement was made at a news conference held at the 5th Annual Tribute Dinner hosted by True Patriot Love Foundation.
“Medically released Veterans have made a significant sacrifice in their service to Canada and they have the skills, training and experience that make them ideal candidates to continue strengthening Canada through public service,” said Minister Fantino. “I am delighted to confirm that the Harper Government is getting Canada’s priorities right and leading by example by improving employment opportunities for Veterans.”
Every year, many military members transition out of the CAF. For those members who cannot deploy and meet the demands of operations, finding meaningful employment is a key factor in making a successful transition to civilian life.
“I welcome this additional support for Regular Force and Reserve Force members who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said the Honorable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. “This change will provide meaningful employment options to members of the CAF who are medically released.”
Veterans who will make use of this measure must qualify for the positions they are seeking. The changes will apply to medically released Veterans who received a priority entitlement on or after April 1, 2012.