I last updated you on the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP) in my January 2016 blog post.
In late November 2015 we were advised by the Department of National Defence that it was “working with Employment and Social Development Canada to finalize all elements of the Program to ensure a seamless and comprehensive roll-out…., it is projected that web–based information for CERP will be fully accessible online through the Canada.gc.ca website in winter 2016.”
We were also advised at that time that “Once the Program is implemented, applications will be accepted and processed on an ongoing basis. Applicants will have up to 12 months following the reservist’s deployment period to complete and submit an application.”
In July I was still unable to find any further information on the program, and so I contacted the Department of National Defence and asked them for an update. This is the response I recently received:
I am advised that the program will begin shortly, and it will include the ability to apply online. The CERP will be retroactive to April 1, 2015, and applicants will have 12 months following their deployment period to submit an application,
As you are aware, the CERP will provide compensation in the form of a grant to eligible employers of reservists and eligible self–employed reservists who are selected to serve on a designated Canadian Armed Forces operation for a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 18 months.
So, we continue to watch for further program details and application procedures and will continue to update you with any announcements of roll–outs in the coming weeks and months.
Once the program details have been releases, watch for an updated policy on “Military/Reservist Leave of Absence” in the Human Resources Policy Pro.