Saturday, June 21, 2008

RCMP Recruits to be paid $500/week

RCMP Cadets Now Paid
$500 per Week While in Training

The Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Safety announced at Depot today that the RCMP will provide cadets a $500/week recruitment allowance during the 24-week training period effective June 16, 2008.

“Our goal is to make the choice of a career as a Mountie all the more attractive for the legions of smart, fit, dedicated young Canadian men and women who dream of becoming RCMP officers,” said Prime Minister Harper, who was joined at the announcement by Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Stockwell Day. “This will help cadets meet financial obligations that they cannot ignore during training.”

The RCMP expects to recruit more than 8,000 new officers over the next five years, equivalent to nearly half of total current force strength. Meeting the target is a challenge because the selection and training process is so rigorous and because there is intense competition for talented young people in Canada’s high-employment economy.

Providing cadets with a modest training allowance will remove one of the recognized impediments to recruiting. The RCMP has reduced the application processing times from an average of nearly 300 days to 83 days. They have also made greater efforts to accommodate officer deployment preferences, and to inform cadets of their likely postings before the end of the application process.

“As a result of these changes, the force now expects to meet its target of a one thousand officer net increase by 2013,” said Prime Minister Harper. “That means more police patrolling our streets and communities, more protection for Canadians and their families, and better national security for major international events like the Winter Olympics and the G8 Summit in 2010.”

To see some questions and answers about joining the RCMP use this Nanaimo Info LINK. Click on Q&A's in the top section of the page.

You can meet our Recruiters at the upcoming events:

  • June 27th: Youth Service Canada Career Fair - Burnaby SFU Campus
  • June 28th: BC Highland Games in Coquitlam
  • July 1st:
    Richmond Salmon Festival at Steveston Park
    Surrey's Canada Day celebration - Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre (176th & 64th ave)
  • August 3-10: North American Indigenous Games - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island
  • August 8 - 10th: Abbotsford Air Show


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