Before you start
Almost 90% of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members seek civilian employment after they release from the military.
The federal public service has a need for many of the skills that are developed in the military, and has made it easier for a CAF member in transition, or a Veteran to find a job in the federal public service.
Understanding how a CAF member or a Veteran can find a public service job
Any job open to the public
If you are an honorably released Veteran with at least 3 years of service who applies and is found qualified for a job that is open to the general public, you must be hired ahead of other qualified Canadians after any qualified persons with a priority entitlement. This preference ends after five years, or when you find a permanent public service job, whichever comes first. Within the Veterans Hiring Act this is referred to as Preference.
Internal public service jobs
If you are a currently serving CAF member or a Veteran, you are eligible to apply for and participate in internal appointment processes, as long as you have at least three years of service. To get started, create an account in the jobs system and enter your service number. Once the system recognizes you as a CAF member or a Veteran, you will be able to see, and apply for, these jobs until five years after your release, or when you find a permanent public service job, whichever comes first. Within the Veterans Hiring Act this is referred to as Mobility.
Statutory Priority Entitlement
Available to Veterans whose medical release was due to a service-related injury or illness.
Regulatory Priority Entitlement
Available to Veterans whose medical release was not due to a service-related injury or illness.
Please note: this priority is not available for Reserve Class A or Class B (< 180 days).
Am I eligible for statutory priority?
To determine if you are eligible for statutory priority entitlement, Veterans Affairs Canada is required to review your medical release to determine if it was due to a service-related injury or illness. To request this determination, please fill out the medical release attributable to service determination form (VAC1002e).
- Apply through My VAC Account
- Download the form
- Contact us to have it mailed to you.
- Visit one of our offices. To find the office nearest you, view our map.
Am I eligible for regulatory priority?
To determine if you are eligible for regulatory priority entitlement, contact the CAF Director Casualty Support Management (DCSM) at 1-800-883-6094 or email email@example.com.
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