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CAF Relocation Directive – Spending Account

Posted on: June 6th, 2023 by Chris Scott

Here is a summary of the details of spending accounts related to CAFRD (Canadian Armed Forces Relocation Directive) benefits. There are two types of spending accounts: the Core Account and the Custom Account. Unused benefits from either account are forfeited and cannot be used for other expenses.

The Core Account is meant to compensate members for essential relocation expenses related to their move. It is not a fixed amount of funds.

The Custom Account is a fixed amount of funds determined by an individualized formula. It serves two purposes: enhancing benefits from the Core Account as indicated in the directive and providing flexibility to choose other CAFRD benefits that meet the member’s relocation needs.

The formula for the Custom Account is A + B + C = D, where A represents the accommodation factor, B represents the transportation factor, C represents the HG&E (household goods and effects) shipment factor, and D represents the total amount available in the Custom Account. The transportation factor is calculated using a kilometric rate based on the Department of Finance income tax deduction limit for the use of personal vehicles for business purposes.

The Custom Account formula also includes specific calculations for each factor. A is the greater of $1,000 or a percentage of the real estate commission based on the sale price of the principal residence. B is 35% of the cost of one-way transport for the member and dependents. C is 35% of the average cost of shipping qualifying household goods and effects per qualifying room.

Qualifying rooms for the HG&E shipment factor are listed, including bedrooms, kitchen, living room, etc. When items are shipped out of long-term storage, the formula is based on the number of qualifying rooms when the items originally went into storage.

In cases where a member shares accommodations with individuals other than their spouse or dependents, the HG&E shipment factor is based only on the rooms occupied by the member.

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