The Guide to Benefits, Programs, and Services for Serving and Former Canadian Armed Forces Members and their Families

Primary Reserve

This table is not an authoritative document.  It is based on The Guide, with the aim to provide serving and retired Primary Reservists as well as their families with an overview of the benefits, programs and services to which they may be entitled in the event of a member becoming disabled, ill, injured or deceased while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).  

Examples:

  1. Although Transition Services are available to all serving or former members who have been honorably released and qualified in their occupation, SCAN seminars, which are part of Transition Services, are not available for part-time Reservists.
  2. The Intended Place of Residence (IPR) benefit is not a Reserve Force benefit. However, a member on any class of Reserve Service who has previously served in the Regular Force and met the conditions for the IPR benefit when he/she was a Regular Force member may be entitled to the IPR.

If you are a CAF member, your administrative support / orderly room staff can assist you in determining your entitlements.  If you are a family member, you can contact the Family Information Line via email FIL@familyforce.ca or phone 1-800-866-4546 (North America) or 00-800-771-17722 (International).

For information on services please see Morale and Welfare Services Directory https://www.cfmws.com/en/OurServices/ServicesDirectory/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

 

Index

Benefit, program or service

Class “A”

Class “B”
up to 180 days1

Class “B” more than
180 days

Class “C”

Integrated Personnel Support Centres (IPSCs)  

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Programs and Services Administered by Director Casualty Support Management / Joint Personnel Support Unit (DCSM / JPSU)

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Armed Forces Transition Services

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

The Military Employment Transition (MET) Website

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Program for Serving Members (VRPSM) (for specified periods of eligibility)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Federal Public Service Employment - Priority Appointment for Eligible 3(a) or 3(b) Re leased Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Members

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Canadian Forces Return to Work Program (CF RTW)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Soldier On

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Injured Soldier Network (ISN)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Joint Personnel Support Unit Headquarters Client Services

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Posting to the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) and the Service Personnel Holding List (SPHL) (Primary Reserve Force – only under certain conditions)

No

No

No

No

 

Extension of Class C Reserve Service for Personnel whose Injury or Illness was Sustained on Special Duty Service (SDS)

No

No

No

Yes

 

Reserve Force - Compensation During a Period of Injury, Disease or Illness (RFC)  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Home Modifications Benefit  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Home Modifications Move Benefit  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Vehicle Modifications Benefit  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Home Assistance Benefit  (only during specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Attendant Care Benefit  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

Caregiver Assistance Benefit  (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Designated Assistant (DA)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

National Military Cemetery (NMC)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes

Yes 

 

Next of Kin Travel Benefit (NKTB) (for specified periods of eligibility)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Federal Public Service Employment - Spousal Priority Entitlement Benefit for Surviving Spouses and Partners 

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Spousal Education Upgrade Benefit

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

HOPE Program (Helping Our Peers by Providing Empathy)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Next of Kin (NOK) Travel Entitlements when a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Member Dies

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Funeral and Burial Expenses (for specified periods of eligibility)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) Program

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Programs and Services Administered by the Canadian Forces (other than DCSM / JPSU)

 

 

 

 

 

Allowance - Loss of Operational Allowances (ALOA)

 No

No 

No 

Yes 

 

Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (CFSA) – Pension Benefits for Members

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Education Reimbursement (ER) Programs

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Regular Force Release Information (Financial Aspects)

 No

No 

No 

No 

 

Unused Leave Entitlement

 No

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Canadian Forces Severance Pay (CFSP)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Medical Treatment and Expenses (only during specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Planning Ahead: Wills and Estate Planning

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program (CFMAP)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

 Yes

 

Reserve Dental Care Plan (RDCP)

Yes

Yes 

Yes 

No 

 

Canadian Forces Superannuation Act (CFSA) – Survivor Benefits

 Yes

Yes 

 Yes

Yes 

 

Intended Place of Residence (IPR) (only for Reservists with prior Regular Force service who have met the conditions when in the Regular Force)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Dependants’ Dental Care Plan (DDCP)

 No

No 

No 

Yes 

 

Supplementary Death Benefit (SDB)

 No

No

 No

Yes 

 

Death Gratuity - Reserve Force other than Class C Reserve Service  (Class “C”, if not eligible to Supplementary Death Benefit (SDB)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Programs and Services Administered by Federal and Provincial Governments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Disability Tax Credit

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Government Employee’s Compensation Act (GECA) - Disability Benefits

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Disability Benefits

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Group Medical Benefits – Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan (PDSP)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) - Disability Benefits

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Government Employee’s Compensation Act (GECA) - Death Benefits

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Survivor Benefits

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) Survivor Benefits

 Yes

Yes  

Yes 

Yes 

Programs and Services Administered by Veterans Affairs Canada(VAC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Affairs Canada Benefits and Services (for specified periods of eligibility and/or service-related conditions)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Programs and Services Administered by Other Organizations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Canadian Legion - Service Bureau

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

 

United Nations (UN) Military - Death and Disability Compensation

 No

No 

No 

Yes 

 

SISIP Financial Services (SISIP FS)

 Yes

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

Useful Contacts

 

 

 

 

List of Acronyms and Definitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The divide of Class “B” Reserve Service surrounding 180 days is a recurring threshold for benefits to Class “B” Reservists.  The Injured Military Members Compensation Act expresses the divide as “more than 180 days” and “180 days or less”.  However, Canadian Armed Forces policies and regulations are inconsistent.  Some refer to more than 180 days and up to 180 days, without addressing terms of service of 180 days exactly.  Other policies and regulations are silent on the duration of period of service when on Class “B”.

 

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