Tax Relief for Personnel Deployed on Designated International Operational Missions

The Government of Canada provides tax relief to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and police officers deployed on international high- and moderate-risk operational missions. This tax relief recognizes the special contribution that CAF members and police officers make to international peace and stability while serving their country abroad.

Eligible CAF members and police officers may claim a deduction against taxable income in respect of income earned while deployed on such missions. The maximum amount that an individual may deduct in a taxation year prior to the 2017 taxation year cannot exceed the highest level of pay earned by a non-commissioned member of the CAF.

For personnel deployed on high-risk missions—i.e., missions assessed by the Department of National Defence as carrying a risk score between 2.50 and 4.00—tax relief is automatically provided for the period over which the mission is assessed as being high-risk.

For moderate-risk missions—i.e., missions carrying a risk score between 2.00 and 2.49—tax relief is provided when the mission has been designated by the Minister of Finance, and for the period over which the mission is assessed as being moderate-risk.

On November 8, 2017, the Minister of Finance added the following moderate-risk missions to the previous designated list of missions for tax relief:

Designated International Operational Missions
Mission name Beginning of the applicable period for tax relief End of the applicable period for tax relief*
Newly Designated International Operational Missions
  Op IMPACT (CTAT Lebanon, Lebanon) October 4, 2016 December 31, 2016
  Iraq, Baghdad (VCDS OUTCAN), Baghdad, Iraq October 11, 2015 May 16, 2016
Previously Designated International Operational Missions
  Op SOPRANO (Juba, South Sudan) September 1, 2015 December 31, 2016
  Op RENDER SAFE (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea) October 7, 2014 December 10, 2014
  Op IMPACT (Kuwait) October 5, 2014 December 31, 2016
  Op SIRONA (Sierra Leone) December 17, 2014 July 2, 2015
  Op MINUSMA (Bamako, Mali) December 22, 2014 December 31, 2016
  Op CROCODILE July 1, 2015 December 31, 2015
  Op FOUNDATION (Qatar) April 1, 2010 May 31, 2015
  Op ATHENA / ISAF Headquarters Detachment Qatar April 1, 2010 December 31, 2011
  Op RENAISSANCE November 12, 2013 December 27, 2013
  Op HERRICK (Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan) June 1, 2012 November 30, 2012
  Op AFGHAN ASSIST (Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan) June 1, 2012 February 24, 2014
  Op HERRICK (Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan) July 31, 2013 August 31, 2013
January 23, 2014 May 3, 2014
* Under proposed changes, as of the 2017 taxation year, tax relief becomes automatic for Canadian Armed Forces personnel and police deployed on named international operational missions.

For national security reasons, classified missions that are designated are not listed. For such missions, the Department of National Defence and/or Public Safety Canada are responsible for contacting eligible CAF members and police officers.

On May 18, 2017, the Government announced its intention to extend tax relief automatically to all Canadian Armed Forces members and police officers for the period over which they are deployed on an international operational mission, regardless of the risk score associated with the mission. In addition, the Government proposes to increase the maximum amount that an individual may deduct in a taxation year to the highest level of pay earned by a Lieutenant-Colonel (General Service Officers) of the Canadian Armed Forces.

These measures will apply to the 2017 and subsequent taxation years.

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