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Relevant Employment Policies for CAF Families

Employment Insurance Parental Benefit Extension for CAF Families

To provide more flexibility for Canadian Armed Forces families, the Employment Insurance Parental Benefit eligibility period can be extended up to a maximum of 104 weeks.

Priority Public Service Entitlement for Surviving Spouses of CAF Personnel

The Public Service Commission of Canada has established a Priority Public Service Entitlement for the surviving spouses and common-law partners of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have died while performing their duties. 

The priority entitlement gives eligible spouses increased access to public service employment opportunities by placing their names and résumés on a priority listing for external federal government job competitions. Spouses then have the right to compete for positions and be appointed in priority to all other persons, except statutory priorities, to any term or indeterminate position in the public service for which they meet the essential qualifications.

A helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions about this initiative is also available.