The May 14 episode of Defence Team News highlights the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable

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In this episode, we highlight:

  • changes to CAF relocation policies;
  • the Arctic Security Forces Roundtable; and
  • the Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair


Welcome back to Defence Team News, I’m Lt(N) Jeff Lura.

And I’m Shelley Van Hoof. Here are the headlines at Defence.

Immediate changes are being made to Canadian Armed Forces relocation benefits to minimize impacts on the member and their families moving to a new place of duty.

A number of new benefits are available for this year’s Active Posting Season, most notably a doubling of the Home Equity Assistance benefit from $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000.

The Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defence continue to review relocation policies, with more changes possible before the review’s expected completion in 2019. These changes align with the commitment in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, to take better care of military personnel and their families.

A complete list of all changes can be found in the CANFORGEN or in The Maple Leaf article in the related links.

The recent Arctic Security Forces Roundtable in Halifax marked the first time since its inception that the gathering has been hosted in North America.

Meant to promote greater regional understanding, dialogue, and cooperation, the three-day roundtable brought together senior military officers, government officials, and academics specializing in defence and the Arctic.

Participants included those from seven Arctic states – Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States – as well as other partner nations key to conducting operations in the Arctic.

Defence is increasing its presence in the Arctic over the long-term with increased training and exercises with its partners, most notably the ability to conduct NATO exercises in Canada’s Arctic.

Before we go, a reminder that the fourth annual Blueprint 2020 Innovation Fair will be taking place across 16 Canadian cities on May the 16th.

The fair connects people and ideas from across the Government of Canada, allowing groups to showcase their innovative workplace practices. Defence Team members in Halifax, Montreal, and Ottawa are encouraged to visit booths and participate in workshops in their area.

For more details, check out the Blueprint 2020 page on the Government of Canada intranet. Well, that’s it for us. Thanks so much for watching. We’ll see you next time…

…for Defence Team News!

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