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Minister Sajjan Statement Regarding BC Government Expansion of Existing Job Protection Legislation for Reservists

October 27, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement on expanded job protection training leave for Canadian military reserve forces in British Columbia:

“As a former reservist and commanding officer of a reserve unit, I know how vital employer support is to the success of a reservist. I commend the Government of British Columbia for addressing the challenge of balancing civilian employment and military service, and for recognizing the valuable contribution reservists make to Canadian society.  

“This extended legislation reinforces the importance of reservist training to enhance the readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces security and defence at home and abroad, now and in the future.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

Quick Facts

  • The Government of British Columbia has extended the existing Job Protection Legislation for reservists to include up to 20 days of routine military training per calendar year.

  • There are approximately 2,900 reservists in B.C.

  • Job Protection Legislation fosters a culture of tangible support for the military by employers. It directly contributes to the operational readiness of the Canadian Armed Forces by ensuring skilled reservists are available for duty.

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