Ottawa: More work needs to be done to strengthen existing transition programs and services and further assist former members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with their quests for meaningful post-release job opportunities in civilian society, says the report of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.
“More could be done to enhance existing public and private programs and services and further assist veterans in their transition to civilian life. The Department of National Defence (DND) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) can do more to streamline and coordinate the various public and private sector transition programs and services. They should provide leadership in that regard and serve as the central hub for information about all public and private sector transition programs and services. More research on the transition process is needed. More outreach and education is also required. DND and VAC need to enhance communication with civilian employers and provide them with a better understanding of military-civilian job equivalencies. They also need to be more proactive in connecting veterans with employers and job opportunities in the public and private sectors. DND and VAC also have a responsibility to assist transitioning CAF members and veterans with their return to civil life, and this includes providing them with the training and tools they need to start new civilian careers, helping them find meaningful employment in the public and private sectors, and training them to recognize and communicate their military experiences, skills and qualifications effectively to civilian employers. It is obvious that there is still much to be done to implement the programs that the government has engaged in and to ensure quality assurance. It is my desired objective with this report to influence the government to provide the best possible assistance to veterans and their families in their transition to civilian life.” Said, Chair
Roméo A. Dallaire