Ottawa, Ontario — Although the Job Placement Program (JPP) has been available to Canadian Forces (CF) members for over two years now, Reservists are less aware of it than their Regular force counterparts.
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) will soon release a letter and accompanying poster outlining the eligibility criteria and the components of the program.
For CF members, meaningful employment is one of the most important aspects of transitioning to civilian life upon release from active service. VAC aims to ease this transition for honourably discharged CF members through its JPP.
The three components of the program provide eligible Regular and Reserve members with practical help in finding a job.
Job search training helps individuals identify transferable skills and write their resume. It includes advice on interviews and self-employment training. One-on-one career counselling helps to develop a plan for entering the civilian work force, evaluating skills and experience and completing a resume. Job-finding assistance helps veterans market themselves for possible jobs and arrange job interviews.
As outlined on the VAC website, you may qualify for program assistance if you are a:
- Regular Force member/Veteran who has completed basic training;
- Reserve Force member/Veteran who has Special Duty Service or Emergency service;
- Reserve Force member who has completed at least 21 months of full-time service during 24 straight months;
- CF veteran who receives Canadian Forces Income Support (CFIS); or
- survivor of a CF member or veteran.
Military members may obtain more information about the job placement program by calling 1-866-522-2022 (French) or 1-866-522-2122 (English).