Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP) is a Department of National Defence (DND) grant program for which the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) provides administrative support to Employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists. In addition to issuing grants to employers of reservists and self-employed reservists, CERP provides an opportunity to conduct outreach and bring awareness to the business community and educational institutions about the important role, training and special skills reservists bring to the military and their personal careers outside of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).
- You must be a Canadian employer (except for the federal government, federal agencies and Crown Corporations) of a reservist employee who is a member of the Primary Reserve or Canadian Rangers
- The reservist employee must be deployed for a minimum of 30 days on a Chief of Defence Staff directed operation, as confirmed by his/her Reserve Commanding Officer.
- Your completed Grant Application Package and other required documents must be provided to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) no later than 12 months following the reservist’s return from active military duty (which would include any post-deployment activities that are mandatory and part of the mission).
- You must be able to provide the required documentation demonstrating that the deploying reservist employee has worked for you for a minimum of 30 hours per week, for 13 consecutive weeks (three consecutive months) prior to the leave of absence for active military duty
- Self-employed reservists must provide required documentation demonstrating that the business is real, active, and represents the main source of employment/income for a minimum of 13 consecutive weeks (three consecutive months) prior to the leave of absence for active military duty.
- Employers whose reservist employees, and self-employed reservists who are deployed for more than 18 months will be eligible for compensation up to the program maximum of 18 months.
- Eligible Canadian employers of reservists and self-employed reservists will receive a lump sum payment based on the number of weeks of active military duty and equivalent to 40% of the Yearly Maximum Pensionable Earnings (YMPE).
- The amount payable is 40% of the YMPE divided by 52 weeks, multiplied by the number of weeks deployed.
- For example, an employer whose employee deployed for 10 weeks in 2016 would qualify for a grant of $4,223 ($54,900/52 weeks X 10 weeks x 40%) or approximately $422 per week.
- The maximum number of weeks that can be claimed is 78 weeks (18 months) of active military duty including any pre-deployment training, deployment and post-deployment activities that are mandatory and part of the mission.
Contact Name: National Grants & Contributions Delivery Centre
E-mail Address: PDER-CERP@servicecanada.gc.ca