FREDERICTON, N.B. – Amendments to the Civil Service Act introduced today in the legislative assembly will recognize the commitment and service veterans have given their country.
"Today's amendments are one more example of the many initiatives our government has taken to honour and support our veterans, our military, our emergency services and their families, not just with words but with tangible programs," Human Resources Minister Robert Trevors said Thursday. "As we rebuild New Brunswick, we must continue our strong commitment to encourage diversity in our workforce, to remove barriers to employment for veterans and to support our military personnel."
The Civil Service Act outlines that in a competition for appointment to the New Brunswick civil service, a preference will be given to a veteran in the hiring process if they are among the most qualified candidates. However, the definition of veteran in the legislation needed to be modernized to reflect working-age veterans today.
The new definition is only for the purpose of the staffing process governed by the act. It does not apply to other provincial or federal programs.
"Our government has a long-standing practice of supporting veterans by giving them preference in the competitive hiring process," said Trevors. "These changes will create new opportunities for men and women who have served our country and our province while helping them transition to civilian life."