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The Canadian government’s much-vaunted hire-a-vet program isn’t working very well, with critics pointing out that the program appears to be in-name-only.
According to Blacklock's, the Canadian Parliament passed legislation four years ago that was supposed to promote federal agencies prioritizing hiring Canadian war veterans as vacancies came up.
However, an audit by the Public Service Commission and Department of Veterans Affairs showed that since the year 2015, less than 800 out of the 8,200 eligible veterans were chosen for positions, and less than 25 of those were ever considered for promotion.
62 percent of the jobs landed by veterans were within the Department of National Defence.
The bill in question is 2015’s Bill C-27 “An Act To Amend The Public Service Employment Act,” which requires all government agencies to give preference to hiring veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged because of medical issues.
It should be noted that many of the medical issues these veterans currently experience are the result of injuries incurred while they were in active service, risking themselves for Canada and its citizens.
“They need help in their crucial first months to transition into civilian life and find jobs, or in other cases to cope with medical conditions they received while they were serving our country,” mentioned Senator Mobina Jaffer (BC), co-chair of the Senate subcommittee on veterans affairs. “Instead, they are met with a bureaucratic nightmare.”
In the 2018 report “From Soldier To Civilian: Professionalizing The Transition”, put out by the same Senate subcommittee, it is estimated that a third or more of veterans with honorable medical discharges have problems finding gainful employment