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News Release / April 14, 2004 / Project number: NR–04.028

OTTAWA – Today, the Government of Canada confirmed that the tax exemption for Canadian Forces members and police officers announced in Budget 2004 is extended to all deployments except low-risk missions. The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Paul Martin, made the announcement at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown.

With this measure, approximately 3,000 Canadian Forces members and police officers deployed abroad will benefit from a tax exemption, including Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Haiti.

“Those who put their life on the line to protect Canadians deserve our support,” Minister Pratt said. “The tax break will improve the quality of life of our Canadian Forces members and their families.”

Retroactive to January 1 st, 2004, the employment income that Canadian Forces and police personnel earn while deployed to high-risk and current moderate-risk operational missions will be exempt from income tax. The tax break will apply, regardless of the length of the deployment and the rank, up to the highest level of pay earned by a non-commissioned member of the Canadian Forces – approximately $6,000 per month.

Budget 2004 introduced this measure in recognition of the special contribution that Canadian Forces personnel and police make to international peace and stability while serving their country on international missions.

The lists of eligible missions can be found in the attached annexes.

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For more information, please contact:

Darren Gibb
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of National Defence
(613) 996-3100

Annex 1 – List of Present Military Missions Eligible for Tax Exemption

Location

Mission

Number of Personnel
(as of April 08, 2004)

Afghanistan

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

1

Afghanistan

NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

1682

Bosnia-Herzegovina

NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR)

651

Congo

UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC)

7

Haiti

UN Multinational Interim Force

511

Iraq

Iraqi Freedom (exchange personnel)

2

Kuwait

Iraqi Freedom (exchange personnel)

1

Middle East

UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)

8

Middle East

UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

193

Middle East (Sinai)

Multinational Force and Observers (MFO)

28

Senegal

Office of the Secretary General for West Africa

1

Sierra Leone

UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)

5

Sierra Leone

International Military Assistance Training Team (IMATT)

7


Annex 2 – List of Present Police Missions Eligible for Tax Exemption

Location

Mission

Number of Personnel
(as of April 08, 2004)

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Office of the High Representative (OHR)

European Union Police Mission (EUPM)

8 (6 RCMP officers)

Côte d’Ivoire

UN Operation in Côte D’Ivoire (UNOCI)

2 (2RCMP officers)

East Timor

UN Mission in Support of East Timor (UNMISET)

7 (3 RCMP officers)

Guinea

UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

2 (2 RCMP officers)

Iraq

Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)

1 (RCMP)

Jordan

Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA)

20 (11 RCMP officers)

Sierra Leone

UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL)

Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL)

13 (8 RCMP officers)

 

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