Compensation and Benefits Update
Recently announced changes to expense compensation for those members who would be posted/relocated to a new place of duty and separated from their families will be delayed until Feb. 1, 2013. You can read more about the cuts in Canadian Military Family Magazine Fall issue.
Originally the change would have come into effect on Sept. 1 but Chief of Defence Staff General W.J. Natynczyk announced on Aug. 31 that it would better serve members affected by these changes to delay rather than cause undue hardship on the members and their families. In a prior announcement made in August, regular forces members and serving Class C members would no longer be eligible for both the incidental expense and meal rates (including rations), while reservists serving on Class B would no longer be compensated for the separation and this change was to come into effect on Sept. 1.
"Regrettably, the limited time between the announcement of these changes and its intended Sept. 1st implementation date did not allow our personnel time to prepare themselves or their families for the impact," said General Natynczyk. "In recognition of this shortfall, the Treasure Board has approved delaying the implementation of these limitations until February 1st."
The announcement stated that the deferral would allow affected personnel the opportunity to reassess their situation and determine if they wish to remain unaccompanied at the new duty location. For those choosing not to move their family to their duty location and who remain unaccompanied, the expense limitations announced recently will still come into effect Feb. 1, 2013.
In his announcement the General stated that it is understood that personnel leaving on short term assignments or training of less than one year and requiring temporary geographic relocation cannot reasonably be expected to uproot their families. And the Canadian Forces has at its disposal a number of assignment policies that will ensure these personnel are provided with appropriate support during these short term relocations and that families are not subjected to undue additional financial pressure. For example, personnel on short term assignments may be attach posted and therefore eligible for certain benefits. He said career managers will be exploring innovative methods to minimize the effects of the changes by remaining vigilant for opportunities to reduce the demand for personnel to be separated from their families for prolonged periods.
"In addition, steps will be taken to ensure that recently enrolled personnel are managed while on the BTL to ensure they are not subjected to unexpected financial hardship, particularly when training necessitates that they proceed unaccompanied," said the General. "This may also include attach postings and temporary duty benefits."