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Social Contracts between the Canadian Forces and their members

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1. CANFORGEN 078/10 2010 Canadian Forces Integrated Relocation Program (CF IRP) indicates that:

a. CFIRP should .meet the evolving needs of CF personnel;
b. the intent of the policy is to ensure that personnel are not required to pay for expenses that ought to get assumed by the CF.; and

2. CANFORGEN 130/09 CMP 056/09 201717Z Jul 09. Clarification of the CF Relocation Policy on Door To Door Moves: excerpts read as follows:

a. There is a perception that benefits have been reduced as opposed to enhanced;

b. The Treasury Board Relocation Policy in the Middle of a period of government restraint has left the impression that saving money on relocation costs at the expense of CF personnel and their families is the primary objective. This is absolutely not the case. You can still apply to the directorate of compensation benefits administration for special consideration. In short, the policy was designed to ensure YOU DO NOT GO OUT OF POCKET FOR EXPENSES THAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CF

3. National Defence had issued Strategic Human Resources Principle as follows: ‘‘We honour the social contact with our people by taking care of their support needs and by trying to satisfy their work and career expectations.”

a. ‘‘The Government of Canada expects DND and the CF to maintain the mobility and morale of its military personnel in order to effectively perform identified missions, while at the same time ensuring that accommodations support programs are managed prudently and on a sustainable basis.”; and

b. ‘‘Residential accommodation support programs for all CF members must be responsive to emerging needs. The programs must keep pace with future force structure and posture that will continue to evolve in response to new mission requirements, new military doctrine, uncertain manning levels, technological change and the constant fiscal pressures on the Defence Services Program.”

4. The Chief Review Services Audit of Military Moves (2007) recommends that “Analysis must be based on accurate, comprehensive information, and must consider not only cost implications, but also impact on operations and member quality of life.”

5. The Canadian Forces and the Canadian Forces Housing Agency have rental accommodations for some military members. A guiding paper was published entitled Accommodation in support of the Canadian Forces: A Vision for 2020. This paper highlights some specific factors which are relevant to this request for HEA. Specifically:

a. Accommodation is an essential element in maintaining the morale of CF members and thus contributes to operational effectiveness. More importantly, Accommodation 2020 is a commitment by the Department and the Canadian Forces that our personnel will be able to secure suitable accommodation wherever we may require them to serve;

b. There is a social contract and therefore an expectation, that the entitlements denoted in policies and directives to support our soldiers are attainable. DND is committed to ensuring that CF members are able to secure accommodation which is suitable to personal circumstances, in a timely fashion and at any location where duty demands.

c. Accommodation is also a basic human support need that must be met as part of the modern social contract with our people; and

d. Accommodation Principles: Canadian Forces members must be able to secure accommodation that is suitable and available. When access to suitable or available accommodation is denied or constrained, DND and the CF are prepared to intervene to maintain the mobility of CF members. Further, Canadian Forces members must be able to secure residential accommodation that is appropriate to their household and consistent with Canadian societal norms.

6. Based on the principles, promises and direction promulgated to Canadian Forces
personnel by our leadership, one would assume that meeting the criteria within a policy (HEA) would be validation enough to claim reimbursement. If that were not the case, surely with the guiding principles above in mind, special consideration to the application of the HEA policy could be made to allow for relief.

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Written by Major Marcus Brauer

January 11, 2013 at 00:09

Posted in Policy

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