OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Richard Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George, today announced that Veterans Affairs Canada has officially 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 so rightly deserve opportunities to continue their career in the public service and Canadians will benefit from their expertise and skills," said Minister Blaney "This initiative will help Canada's Veterans secure meaningful careers as they transition into civilian life."
"Today's announcement once again demonstrates our Government's commitment to Veterans," said MP Harris. "I am honoured to join Minister Blaney to stand up for Veterans. Our Government is showing its support for Veterans and their future careers."
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.
"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 members released or discharged for medical reasons as the Public Service Commission is responsible for administering and overseeing priority entitlements.
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