The following changes to the Foreign Service Directive, as indicated below, have been approved effective July 1, 2005.
Foreign Service Directive 51 – Family Reunion
Under FSD 51.07 – Dependent Child Visiting Under Custody Arrangements, where the best interests of the child would be met by reunion at the mission with the child's other parent, such travel for the child's other parent for travel to the mission, in lieu of travel by the child, may be approved by the deputy head, at the request of the employee.
Insert at the end of the paragraph after Section (ii): except that:
Insert new Section (iii) following the paragraph after Section (ii), as follows:
(iii) In applying Section 51.07(a)(i), where the best interests of the child would be met by reunion at the mission with the child's other parent, such travel for the child's other parent for return travel only to the mission, in lieu of travel by the child, may be approved by the deputy head, at the request of the employee.
Insert new Instruction 2 following Section 51.07, as follows:
2. The intent of Section 51.07(a)(iii) is to recognize special situations in which travel by the other parent to the dependent child is recommended for reasons such as the age of the child, special needs of the child (mentally or physically challenged), or special circumstances based on the recommendation of a health or education specialist, where the deputy head is satisfied that the intent of family reunion is best met at the employee's mission.
Requests for more information or clarification should be addressed to designated departmental personnel.
Designated departmental officials may contact:
Senior Policy Analyst
Management Policy and Labour Relations
Human Resources Management Office
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat
Telephone (613) 946-3714
Fax (613) 952-3002