Reservists are part-time soldiers, sailors and airmen/airwomen. In addition to their military responsibilities, they also work full time in the civilian workforce. Their commitment to the military means they will sometimes need to ask for leave (unpaid) or may not be able to work late on certain occasions—the benefits of employing a Reservist more than make up for those considerations. 

Reservists bring a wide range of experience that is very different from that of a civilian’s. They have a variety of skills and abilities that go hand-in-hand with being trained in the military. Teamwork, discipline, leadership, initiative and loyalty are just a few of the attributes that Reservists bring, and that could provide an advantage to your business.

For a first-hand look at Reservists in action, performing their military duties, employers can ask to be invited to an ExecuTrek Program event in your region. 

Read the Military Leave Policy, available on the National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces website, to find out how you can support Reservists taking the military leave necessary for their training or operational deployments. 

The Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP) provides financial support to businesses to help offset any operational costs that may be incurred during the Reservist’s deployment period. 

You can find more detailed information about the benefits of hiring Reservists and supporting them in the workplace at the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces website.