Entering the military is not just a job, it is a way of life. When Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members medically-release from the military, they and their families both have to adjust to a new way of life. This transition can be overwhelming has lead to increased support to military families at all 32 Military Family Resource Centers (MFRCs) across Canada.
First, as of April 1, 2018, medically-releasing CAF members, Veterans and their families can now access the transition programs, referral services, and intervention supports at all MFRCs for as long as they need to. Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is committing $147 million over six years for this expansion of the Veteran Family Program.
In addition, $6 million of new funding from the Department of National Defense (DND) has been provided to modernize the Military Family Services Program (MFSP) and provide additional support to military families.
The modernization and additional support is part of the broader Comprehensive Military Family Plan outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, the goal being to augment support and services and enhance family life for CAF members and their families. These benefits include extended childcare hours, expanded youth programs, and the provision of additional mental health services (including couples counseling and women’s workshops), among other enhanced services.