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Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Veterans, who do not currently hold an indeterminate position in the federal public service, have a preference for appointment when they apply, and are found qualified, for externally advertised jobs in the federal public service. In addition, CAF Veterans, for a five-year period beginning from your date of release, and active members can apply for internally-advertised positions.

To be eligible for the preference and to apply to advertised internal positions, veterans must have been honourably released and served for a minimum of 3 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Regular, Reserves, COATS or Rangers). To be eligible to apply to advertised internal positions, active CAF members must have served for a minimum of 3 years.

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Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police released or discharged for medical reasons - Guide on Priority Administration: 

Priority status

If you are medically-released from the Canadian Armed Forces, you may qualify for priority hiring status. 


There are two types of priority:

  • Statutory Priority   – for those medically-released with a service-related injury or illness.

  • Regulatory Priority   – for those medically-released for other reasons. Regulatory priority is only available to Regular Force, Reserve Class B (> 180 days) and Reserve Class C.


Medically-released Veterans with a statutory entitlement have the highest level of priority entitlement. They must be considered and, if qualified, appointed before all others. If no qualified persons with a statutory priority entitlement are identified, those who have a regulatory priority entitlement are considered next. Organizations must consider persons with a priority entitlement first, before initiating an appointment process.

To qualify for a 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. Please request the priority within five years after the date of release; be certified as able to return to work; and not employed in the public service for an indeterminate period. Both priority entitlements are for five years.

How do I request a determination?

Please fill out the medical release attributable to service determination form (VAC1002e) and include a proof of identification as described in the form. You can get a form through any of the following:

How to apply for public service jobs

To apply for public service job openings, please set up your account at . You will need your service number to complete your registration. If you have any difficulties setting up your account, please contact the Public Service Commission at   1-888-780-4444 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-465-7735 .  


Planning  Assistance

Click here to see planning information to help you get a head start on the steps you need to take in order to activate your priority entitlement..


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