Sounds like "Hey, join the FBI and work on important national policing issues, but also the chance (risk) of being posted as a member of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department."
Perhaps the RCMP should aim to relinquish provincial policing, give the provinces time to sort themselves out, and focus on the federal stuff?
Nobody should be joining the RCMP - at present - to immediately get into plainclothes major crime / national security stuff. Yes that is starting to happen more frequently, but it's made clear to everyone that the expectation should be contract policing somewhere. Anything different is still an exception. Going straight to something federal like that is an exception born of some necessity.
With that said the RCMP is beginning to look at career 'streams'. Anecdotally, what I've heard enough to feel comfortable repeating is that contract (uniformed, community first responder policing), federal, and protective would be the three likely streams, with career entry and training specialziation right from partway through Depot. Transfering from one to the other would require some training to achieve, rather than the current system of just applying for a job posting.
It shouldn't be the organization's place to 'try' to get into or out of any specific type of policing. A move to reduced contract policing is likely going to happen, especially with the city of Surrey (800 Mounties - the largest single detachment) having stated its intent to create a municipal service in the next few years. If they succeed, that may set off a bit more of a cascade. Losing Surrey will be disruptive. Losing more than Surrey would become transformational.
Under provincial legislation in several provinces (and I just double checked AB and BC's respective law to ensure I'm up to date), the provinces have legal responsibility to provide policing from the "provincial police" to rural areas and small municipalities. Larger municipalities are responsible for providing policing services either through their own service, or contracting to the Provincial Police. At present, the Provincial Police are, by agreement with the federal government, the RCMP.
The federal government would need to decide on a lengthy time frame (10 years?) that they would be realigning the RCMP and moving away from providing provincial policing. They would need to tell the provinces that they will not be entering service agreements past the duration of current ones / subject to whatever exit provisions exist.
Right now any contract partners using RCMP get 10% federal subsidy on policing costs for large municipalities and I think 30% for small ones. There would need to be negotiations between federal/provincial on that.
I think we will see a reduced RCMP contract presence because of municipalities walking away, rather than the feds.
RCMP should have received the 2.33% increase years ago.
Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System ( OMERS ) Supplemental Pension Plan for Police, Firefighters and Paramedics,
That is based on the best three years of employment, at a 2.33 per cent accrual rate for each year of credited service.
This brings members up to 70 per cent of pre-retirement income ( with annual COLA* ) in 30 years, rather than 35.
*OMERS pensions receive an annual inflation increase. The increase as of January 1, 2019 is 2.29%.
RCMP, as federal employees, have the same 2%/y to 35 years/70% as the CAF and public service. I don't see that changing. But it will be a point that may help leverage other concessions in collective agreement negotiations.