National Defence Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-5)

Act current to 2017-10-13 and last amended on 2015-06-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Duties and functions
  •  (1) The Grievances Committee shall review every grievance referred to it by the Chief of the Defence Staff and provide its findings and recommendations in writing to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the officer or non-commissioned member who submitted the grievance.

  • Marginal note:Duty to act expeditiously

    (2) The Grievances Committee shall deal with all matters before it as informally and expeditiously as the circumstances and the considerations of fairness permit.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Powers

 The Grievances Committee has, in relation to the review of a grievance referred to it, the power

  • (a) to summon and enforce the attendance of witnesses and compel them to give oral or written evidence on oath and to produce any documents and things under their control that it considers necessary to the full investigation and consideration of matters before it;

  • (b) to administer oaths; and

  • (c) to receive and accept any evidence and information that it sees fit, whether admissible in a court of law or not.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Restriction

 The Grievances Committee may not receive or accept any evidence or other information that would be inadmissible in a court of law by reason of any privilege under the law of evidence.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Witness not excused from testifying
  •  (1) No witness shall be excused from answering any question relating to a grievance before the Grievances Committee when required to do so by the Grievances Committee on the ground that the answer to the question may tend to criminate the witness or subject the witness to any proceeding or penalty.

  • Marginal note:Answer not receivable

    (2) No answer given or statement made by a witness in response to a question described in subsection (1) may be used or receivable against the witness in any disciplinary, criminal, administrative or civil proceeding, other than a hearing or proceeding in respect of an allegation that the witness gave the answer or made the statement knowing it to be false.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Expenses

 Travel and living expenses incurred in appearing before the Grievances Committee shall, in the discretion of the Grievances Committee, be paid, in accordance with applicable Treasury Board directives, to the officer or non-commissioned member whose grievance is being heard, and to that person’s assisting officer or counsel, if the Grievances Committee holds a hearing at a place in Canada that is not their ordinary place of residence.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Return of documents, etc.

 Documents and things presented to the Grievances Committee at a hearing shall, on request, be returned to the person who presented them within a reasonable time after the Grievances Committee has provided its findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Rules
  •  (1) The Chairperson may make rules respecting

    • (a) the manner of dealing with grievances referred to the Grievances Committee, including the conduct of investigations and hearings by the Grievances Committee;

    • (b) the apportionment of the work of the Grievances Committee among its members and the assignment of members to review grievances; and

    • (c) the performance of the duties and functions of the Grievances Committee.

  • Marginal note:Hearings in private

    (2) A hearing of the Grievances Committee is to be held in private, unless the Chairperson, having regard to the interests of the persons participating in the hearing and the interest of the public, directs that the hearing or any part of it be held in public.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Protection of members

 No criminal or civil proceedings lie against any member of the Grievances Committee, or against any person acting on its behalf, for anything done, reported or said in good faith in the exercise or purported exercise of a power or in the performance or purported performance of a duty or function of the Grievances Committee.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).
Marginal note:Annual report
  •  (1) The Chairperson shall, within three months after the end of each year, submit to the Minister a report of the activities of the Grievances Committee during that year and its recommendations, if any.

  • Marginal note:Tabling in Parliament

    (2) The Minister shall have a copy of the report laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives it.

  • 1998, c. 35, s. 7;
  • 2013, c. 24, s. 106(E).

Release

Marginal note:Entitlement
  •  (1) Except during an emergency, an officer or non-commissioned member who is not on active service is entitled to be released at the expiration of the term of service for which the officer or non-commissioned member is enrolled or re-engaged.

  • Marginal note:Effect of illegal absence

    (2) Except as may be prescribed in regulations made by the Governor in Council, any period during which an officer or non-commissioned member is in a state of desertion or is absent without leave shall not be reckoned toward the completion of the term of service for which that officer or non-commissioned member was enrolled or re-engaged.

  • Marginal note:Exception in emergency or when on active service

    (3) Where the term of service for which an officer or non-commissioned member is enrolled or re-engaged expires during an emergency or when the officer or non-commissioned member is on active service or within one year after the expiration of an emergency or after he has ceased to be on active service, the officer or non-commissioned member is liable to serve until the expiration of one year after the emergency has ceased to exist or after he has ceased to be on active service, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Reinstatement

    (4) Subject to regulations made by the Governor in Council, where

    • (a) an officer or non-commissioned member has been released from the Canadian Forces or transferred from one component to another by reason of a sentence of dismissal or a finding of guilty by a service tribunal or any court, and

    • (b) the sentence or finding ceases to have force and effect as a result of a decision of a competent authority,

    the release or transfer may be cancelled, with the consent of the officer or non-commissioned member concerned, who shall thereupon, except as provided in those regulations, be deemed for the purpose of this Act or any other Act not to have been so released or transferred.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 30;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60.

Active Service

Marginal note:Placing forces on active service
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may place the Canadian Forces or any component, unit or other element thereof or any officer or non-commissioned member thereof on active service anywhere in or beyond Canada at any time when it appears advisable to do so

    • (a) by reason of an emergency, for the defence of Canada;

    • (b) in consequence of any action undertaken by Canada under the United Nations Charter; or

    • (c) in consequence of any action undertaken by Canada under the North Atlantic Treaty, the North American Aerospace Defence Command Agreement or any other similar instrument to which Canada is a party.

  • Marginal note:When officers and non-commissioned members deemed on active service

    (2) An officer or non-commissioned member who

    • (a) is a member of, serving with, or attached or seconded to, a component, unit or other element of the Canadian Forces that has been placed on active service,

    • (b) has been placed on active service, or

    • (c) pursuant to law has been attached or seconded to a portion of a force that has been placed on active service,

    shall be deemed to be on active service for all purposes.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-5, s. 31;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 60;
  • 2004, c. 15, s. 76.
 
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