Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

April 21, 2008 11:42 ET

HRSDC: Job Protection for Reservists is Now the Law

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today confirmed that members of Canada's Reserve Forces will have their civilian jobs protected under the Canada Labour Code and the Public Service Employment Act, now that Bill C-40 has received Royal Assent and has come into force.

"I am very proud of the fact that the jobs of our reservists are now protected while they are serving our country, whether at home or abroad," said Minister Blackburn. "It is a question of fairness for our reservists and their families, and now that fairness is enshrined in law."

The new legislation provides job protection for reservists who work for employers in federally regulated industries and the federal public sector. It also provides relief to student reservists who have loans under the Canada Student Loan Program.

The bill received Royal Assent last Thursday and an Order in Council was issued on Friday to ensure amendments to the Canada Labour Code (Section 1) and the Public Service Employment Act (Section 6) take effect immediately to protect the jobs of the reservists. The benefit created by the amendments to the Canada Student Loans Act and the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act is scheduled to be in place as soon as regulations are adopted.

The new legislation is part of a comprehensive reinstatement strategy for the Canada Reserve Force announced on January 8, 2008.

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  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Blackburn
    Michael Winterburn