OTTAWA – “I am pleased that our government is continuing to recognize members of the Canadian Forces by acknowledging prior service with the Canadian Forces for those who continue to serve their country in the Public Service,” stated Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright.
“As of April 1, 2012, qualifying service will be included retroactively in the calculation of vacation leave credits according to provisions of the relevant collective agreement applicable to former Canadian Forces members,” said Benoit. “For former members of the Canadian Forces whose collective agreement is currently being negotiated, the effective date of the former service qualification will also be retroactive to April 1, 2012.”
“Up to now any prior service those working in the Public Service have with the Canadian Forces has not been recognized when calculating vacation leave entitlement in the core public administration,” Benoit explained. “Budget 2012 has changed this situation by amending the Directive on Terms and Conditions of Employment.”
The amendment will ensure that those former Canadian Forces members who have full-time service for a continuous period of six months or more will be eligible to have their prior military service recognized for vacation leave entitlement.
“Members of the Canadian Forces risk their lives for this country. I am proud to be a member of this Conservative Government that continues to make our Canadian Forces a priority,” said Benoit.