OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, has today formally asked the Public Service Commission to explore options regarding the priority hiring in the public service of medically released personnel of the Canadian Forces (CF). This initiative will help Canada's Veterans transition into a meaningful career as they move into civilian life.
"Canada's Veterans defended our country's shared values and individual rights—they deserve the opportunity to find another meaningful career after their service," said Minister Blaney. "This initiative to help these men and women find jobs in the public service is another example of our Government standing up for Veterans."
The current Public Service Employment Regulations, which came into force in 2005, provide a priority entitlement to all medically released men and women in uniform for a period of two years post release.
"Veterans Affairs Canada is taking steps to increase the number of former CF personnel working with us and is encouraging other departments to do the same." said Minister Blaney. "This will help us contribute to the important goal of helping Canada's heroes successfully transition into civilian life."
"Members of the Air Force Association of Canada are encouraged with the work of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, especially the work that responds to the important needs pertaining to the hiring of Veterans in the public service," said Dean Black, Executive Director of the Air Force Association of Canada.
The President of the Public Service Commission has confirmed that it will look into the options regarding the priority hiring in the Public Service of Canadian Forces personnel released or discharged for medical reasons as the Public Service Commission is responsible for administering and overseeing priority entitlements for public service jobs.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs