Interim ReloCard Solution

Excellent news about an Interim ReloCard Solution! The original (Facebook) message is embedded below but I'll paste the text here as well: As a follow on to our last update on the ReloCard’s issues and the associated fees, we have directed a short term solution. We will be returning to Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) directly into members’ bank accounts for all new requests for funds to cover relocation expenses, much the same as the previous model. This will happen within days – with details … [Read more...]

Decoding Brookfield (and the new Relocard) 2018

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this body of knowledge. If you have anything to add (or questions that can be answered by the community), please comment below! Once you register on the new member secure website, there are videos, FAQs and "relofacts" on the new process. There is also rumoured to be a full contact centre you can either call or instant message right from the website should you have any additional questions. When you call the contact centre, they record the … [Read more...]

BGRS ReloFacts

The BGRS Website provides the following "BGRS ReloFacts", which you can access through your portal, once you are registered. (menu button at top left > Knowledge Centre > Fact Sheets) Each of these links will automatically download the PDF. General Breakdown of what is covered in the Movement Grant: Movement Grant.pdf How to upload and view receipts: Receipts.pdf How to use the Finances section of your Member Secure Website: Finances Guide.pdf Different Funding Components  … [Read more...]

Tips from BGRS

Once you are registered on the BGRS portal, you'll be able to scroll down to the bottom-right of the dashboard screen to the knowledge centre, which contains tips from BGRS. However, a lot of people aren't registered yet, or cannot registered, or just want to help out a friend! So here's some of the info that BGRS provides. Also check out BGRS' ReloFacts It's not very detailed or complete, but if you're logged in you can click yes/no for "was this answer helpful"... Please comment below if … [Read more...]

BGRS (Brookfield) Introductory Guide Video

Here's the BGRS (Brookfield) Introductory Guide video outlining the new site and process for the policy that came into effect December 2017. Feel free to comment below! BGRS (Brookfield) Introductory Guide Log in to your BGRS dashboard here … [Read more...]

BGRS Relocard Surcharges

***Thanks to the efforts of people working on behalf of all relocating members, a solution has now been found to address this problem!*** ************* BGRS Relocard surcharges have become a real issue. As you can read in the Facebook post below (click on the FB icon or here to see the full text), there are some transactions that cannot be paid on the relocard; they have to be paid by Direct Funds Transfer (DFT). A DFT is subject to a surcharge that the Member must pay (minimum $30, maximum … [Read more...]

Brookfield BGRS FAQ

Straight from the source, here are some Brookfield BGRS FAQs that will be available to you once you get your posting message, register for service, and log in to the site. FAQs – File Initiation 1. When can BGRS provide me with services? BGRS can only provide you with services once all of the following steps have been completed:: you have received your posting message/release paperwork; and the CAF has provided BGRS with the authorization for your move; and you have … [Read more...]

Free Audiobooks, Kingston!

I have discovered free audiobooks, Kingston! All you need is a library card from the KFPL (Kingston & Frontenac Public Library) and a smart phone. Just download the Overdrive app, log in using the number from your library card, and you have access to tons of e-books and audiobooks! A friend told me about this last week, and I've already read three audiobooks. Bonus feature: you can listen to audiobooks at regular speed, slower than regular speed, or all the way up to 2x speed! My friends … [Read more...]

Life Hacks for Moving

Whether you're moving across town or across the country, here's a collection of Life Hacks for Moving I've collected from friends, colleagues, and personal experience! For military postings, I've written separately about decoding the new BGRS (Brookfield) rules and relocard, so these tips are more generic tips that have been submitted by readers (thanks guys!) House-Hunting and House-Hunting Trips (HHTs) If possible, book schools and daycare on your HHT. Book your hookups (cable, internet, … [Read more...]

Top FREE Things to Do in Kingston

Kingston is such a great place to be in the summer!  Check out these ideas for free activities for the whole family. … [Read more...]