The Government of Canada has announced changes to the Intended Place of Residence (IPR) policy for retiring Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members. Following a review by the Department of National Defence, the Government of Canada is amending the IPR policy to apply only to members moving outside a 40 km radius within a one-year period following their retirement. This change will better align the IPR policy with those of other federal government departments and agencies such as the RCMP. It will also include compassionate exceptions for medical reasons and extenuating personal circumstances.
- The IPR policy assists retiring CAF members to return to their hometowns or final destinations following their military service.
- This policy covers costs associated with a move including real estate commission, lawyer’s fees, brokerage fees, meal reimbursement when travelling, commercial lodging expenses, travel, packaging, and shipping.
- The Government of Canada has amended the IPR policy to apply to retiring CAF members moving outside a 40 km radius within a one-year period following their retirement.
- Changes to the IPR policy will better align the policy with other federal government departments and agencies such as the RCMP, and ensure continued respect for Canadian taxpayers.
- Exceptions to the policy are permitted for compassionate medical reasons and extenuating personal circumstances.
“Our Government is committed to ensuring respect for the hard-earned dollars of Canadian taxpayers while also providing our retiring CAF members with a way home following their military service. There is good reason to have an IPR policy but a move down the road or within close vicinity is not defensible to taxpayers. These new policy changes strike the right balance between fair compensation and respect for those who pay the bill.”
Honourable Rob Nicholson
Minister of National Defence