Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative


Canada’s military and Veteran families are diverse, resilient and strong, and they are a source of pride for the country. They engage with – and play important roles in – their workplaces, communities and society as a whole.

Approximately 9 in 10 military families (85%) live in off-base, where they access and rely on the same variety of programs and services as civilians, including child care and eldercare, health and mental health, community recreation and leisure, education and employment. As such, these programs and services are typically delivered by civilian professionals and practitioners, who often have little awareness of their unique experiences, strengths, vulnerabilities and perspectives (“military literacy”).

The Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative brings together those who study, serve, support and fund military and Veteran families to build awareness, capacity, competency and community to ensure military families have equitable access to services and programs in their neighbourhoods.

Project Focus
  • Building awareness by engaging media partners, analyzing and presenting data, and facilitating important conversations
  • Building capacity by delivering training and professional development sessions for leaders, managers, front-line professionals, volunteers and professional associations, including:
    • Educators (early childhood through university), high school guidance counsellors, employment and career counsellors
    • Health care and mental health professionals
    • First responders
  • Building competency by facilitating professional development that would lead to a credential or professional designation
  • Building community by connecting Canadians and national and international organizations that study and support military families

Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle

The Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle – a component of the Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative – connects leaders from business, community, government, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs to facilitate and strengthen community services and programs for military and Veteran families in Canada.

The aim of this initiative is to leverage the skills, talents and expertise of key community leaders to ensure the effective development and delivery of services and programs for military and Veteran families, while aligning efforts to avoid duplication of work and combining resources to strengthen collective outcomes. Areas of focus include early childhood/preschool, education, physical and mental health, community and social services, rehabilitation and integration, employment and labour.


Member Organizations

As of December 7, 2020

  • Accenture
  • Autism Speaks Canada (ASC)
  • Calian Group Ltd.
  • Canada Company
  • Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
  • Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (The) (CAMFT)
  • Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF)
  • Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC)
  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Queen’s University (CIMVHR)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Canadian Military Family Magazine (CMF Magazine)
  • Caregivers’ Brigade
  • Environics Communications
  • Esquimalt MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – School of Social Work
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)
  • Military Family Services (MFS)
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC)
  • Multifaith Housing Initiative (Veterans House)
  • Office of the Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Office of the Veterans Ombudsman
  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) – Mental Health Team
  • Phoenix Centre for Children and Families
  • Prospect Human Services Society
  • RCMP Veterans’ Association
  • The Royal Canadian Legion
  • Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
  • Strongest Families Institute (SFI)
  • Trenton MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre)
  • True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL)
  • Vanier Institute of the Family (The)
  • Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)
  • Veterans Career Assistance and Transition Services (VeCATS)
  • Veterans Transition Network (VTN)
  • VETS Canada
  • Voilà Learning


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